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Cross Country World Cup Criteria

Cross Country World Cup Criteria

The FIS Cross Country World Cup, presented by Viessmann, is the top international circuit for cross country competition.

For Cross Country World Cup Criteria, please refer to the Resources Section.

Dear Cross Country Community,

We are pleased to announce the nominations for the USA Cross Country Team for World Cup Period 3:

Dresden Sprint F
Men

  • Ben Lustgarten - Objective - SuperTour Leader
  • Simi Hamilton - Objective - 19th World Cup Sprint Standings
  • Kevin Bolger - Discretion - 21st Toblach WC Sprint
  • Erik Bjornsen - Discretion - Historic Sprint F Results
  • Andy Newell - Discretion - Dominant sprint qualifiers in Yellowstone and Silver Star.
  • Logan Hanneman - Discretion - Top Sprint F Qualifier U.S. Nationals

Women

  • Julia Kern - Objective - SuperTour Leader
  • Sophie Caldwell - Objective - 3rd World Cup Sprint Standings
  • Ida Sargent - Discretion - U.S. Nationals Sprint C Champion
  • Hailey Swirbul - Discretion - 2nd qualifier Silver Start Sprint F.  Possible prep for U23 World Champs
  • Hannah Halvorsen - Discretion -3rd qualifier Silver Start Sprint F.  Possible prep for U23 World Champs
  • Kelsey Phinney - Discretion - 3rd qualifier U.S. Nationals Sprint F behind Halvorsen and Kern

Otepää Sprint C
Men

  • Ben Lustgarten - Objective - SuperTour Leader
  • Simi Hamilton - Objective - 19th World Cup Sprint Standings
  • Kevin Bolger - Discretion - 21st Toblach WC Sprint
  • Erik Bjornsen - Discretion - Historic Sprint F Results
  • Andy Newell - Discretion - Dominant sprint qualifiers in Yellowstone and Silver Star
  • Ben Saxton - Discretion - U.S. Nationals Sprint C Champion

Women

  • Julia Kern - Objective - SuperTour Leader
  • Sophie Caldwell - Objective - 3rd World Cup Sprint Standings
  • Sadie Bjornsen - Objective - 6th World Cup Sprint Standings
  • Jessie Diggins - Objective - 12th World Cup Sprint Standings
  • Ida Sargent - Discretion - U.S. Nationals Sprint C Champion
  • Rosie Brennan - Discretion - 42nd Sprint World Cup Standings. Qualified in last 2 WC Sprints  ​​​​​​​
  • Kelsey Phinney - Discretion - 2nd qualifier U.S. Nationals Sprint C behind Sargent

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Otepää 10/15 km C
Men

  • Ben Lustgarten - Objective - SuperTour Leader
  • Erik Bjornsen - Discretion - 42nd Distance World Cup.  Sick at Tour de Ski
  • Kyle Bratrud - Discretion - U.S. National Champ 15 km C
  • David Norris - Discretion - U.S. National Champ 30 km F
  • Adam Martin - Discretion - 2nd place U.S. National 15 km C
  • Scott Patterson - Discretion - Historic Distance Results

Women

  • Julia Kern - Objective - SuperTour Leader
  • Jessie Diggins - Objective - 5th World Cup Distance Standings
  • Sadie Bjornsen - Objective - 12th World Cup Distance Standings
  • Rosie Brennan - Objective - 20th World Cup Distance Standings
  • Caitlin Patterson - Discretion -  U.S. National Champ 10 km C
  • Sophie Caldwell - Discretion - 36th Toblach WC 10 km F, Historic 10 km C results
  • Ida Sargent - Discretion - Historic 10 km C results

Ulricehamn 10/15 km F
Men

  • Ben Lustgarten - Objective - SuperTour Leader
  • Erik Bjornsen - Discretion - 42nd Distance World Cup.  Sick at Tour de Ski
  • Kyle Bratrud - Discretion - U.S. National Champ 15 km C
  • David Norris - Discretion - U.S. National Champ 30 km F
  • Simi Hamilton - Discretion - Top USA Finisher Toblach 15 km F, Historic 15 km F results
  • Scott Patterson - Discretion - Historic Distance Results

Women

  • Julia Kern - Objective - SuperTour Leader
  • Jessie Diggins - Objective - 5th World Cup Distance Standings
  • Sadie Bjornsen - Objective - 12th World Cup Distance Standings
  • Rosie Brennan - Objective - 20th World Cup Distance Standings
  • Caitlin Patterson - Discretion - U.S. National Champ 20 km F
  • Sophie Caldwell - Discretion - 36th Toblach WC 10 km F, Historic 10 km C results
  • Rosie Frankowski - Discretion - 2nd place U.S. Nationals 20 km F

The above discretionary selections were nominated by a 15-person working group that includes 10 of our top club coaches, a U.S. Ski & Snowboard athlete representative, and four U.S. Ski Team coaches, including myself.  The nominations were then approved by a discretionary selection review group comprised of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Nordic Program Manager, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief of Sport, and an athlete representative who is a member of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Board.

The above discretionary selection process will be repeated for each period of World Cup this season, with the next selection for Period 4 coming in late January. 

As always, if you have questions or concerns about this process, feel free to contact me directly.

Sincerely, Chris

Chris Grover
Head Coach, U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
chris.grover@usskiandsnowboard.org

2018-19 World Cup Cross Country Criteria

These criteria were created by a working group that included eight senior club coaches, the Chair of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Committee, a non-active U.S. Ski & Snowboard Athlete Representative, and four of the U.S. Ski Team coaches, including myself. 

Here are some of the main ways in which this year’s selection criteria differs from past criteria:

  • We’ve changed the standard by which men advance from one World Cup period to the next from top-30 to top-40 to reflect the greater depth in the men’s WC field.
  • We’ve added SuperTour leaders as guaranteed starts to the Tour de Ski.
  • We’ve added language to the past criteria for selecting a World Cup Finals squad in Quebec City, including:
    • Top-30 individual performance at the Seefeld World Champs (the previous standard was top-25).
    • Created a best 11 of 14 SuperTour results selection to round-out the WC Finals team, to encourage athletes to continue to race in Europe mid-season, rather than feeling the need to attend every SuperTour competition.
  • We’ve created a discretionary selection review group that includes an athlete rep to evaluate and approve our discretionary World Cup nominations.

We are excited about these changes.  We feel these criteria do a better job than ever before of selecting the right athletes to represent the USA in World Cup competition. 

This same working group is also completed updated selection criteria for the 2019 Seefeld World Championships

If you are an athlete or a coach that is impacted by these criteria, and you have any questions or concerns about it, please feel free to contact me directly.  My contact info is below.

Sincerely,
Chris

Chris Grover
Head Coach, U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
chris.grover@usskiandsnowboard.org

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