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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.

World Cup Period V

Dear Cross Country Community, 

We are pleased to announce the nominations for the USA Cross Country Team for World Cup Period 5:

Lahti, FIN 10/15 km C
Men

  • Ben Lustgarten, Objective, SuperTour Leader
  • David Norris, Discretion, 24th Falun 15 km F
  • Erik Bjornsen, Discretion, 28th Ruka 15 km C
  • Simi Hamilton, Discretion, 43rd Östersund 15 km C Pursuit
  • Adam Martin, Discretion, 1st Wirth SuperTour 10 km C
  • Gus Schumacher, Discretion, 2nd Wirth SuperTour 10 km C
  • Ian Torchia (alternate), Discretion, 3rd Wirth SuperTour 10 km C
  • Tyler Kornfield (alt.), Discretion, 4th Wirth SuperTour 10 km C
  • Kyle Bratrud, Discretion, 2nd U.S. Nationals 30 km C

Women

  • Kaitlynn Miller, Objective, SuperTour Leader
  • Jessie Diggins, Objective, 5th World Cup Distance Standings (after Stage 2 Ski Tour)
  • Sadie Bjornsen, Objective, 12th World Cup Distance Standings (after Stage 2 Ski Tour)
  • Rosie Brennan, Objective, 14th World Cup Distance Standings (after Stage 2 Ski Tour)
  • Julia Kern, Objective, 36th Overall World Cup (after Stage 2 Ski Tour)
  • Hailey Swirbul, Discretion, 24th Östersund 10 km C Pursuit
  • Katharine Ogden, Discretion, 21st TDS Final Climb, 28th VdF 10 km C
  • Sophie Caldwell (alt), Discretion, 25th Toblach 10 km F
  • Caitlin Patterson (alt), Discretion, National 10 km F Champ, 2nd U.S. Nationals 20 km C
  • Rosie Frankowski, (alt), Discretion, 23rd Davos 15 km F
  • Alayna Sonnesyn (alt), Discretion, 43rd Östersund 10 km F
  • Becca Rorabaugh (alt), Discretion, 2nd Wirth SuperTour 5 km C   

Drammen, NOR Sprint F
Men

  • Ben Lustgarten, Objective, SuperTour Leader
  • Simi Hamilton, Objective, 24th Sprint World Cup (pre Åre and Trondheim)
  • Logan Hanneman, Objective, 37th Sprint World Cup (pre Åre and Trondheim)
  • Kevin Bolger, Discretion, 41st Sprint World Cup (pre Åre and Trondheim)
  • JC Schoonmaker, Discretion, Fastest Qualifier Nationals Sprint F, 30th Dresden WC
  • Gus Schumacher, Discretion, Fastest Qualifier and 1st Overall Wirth SuperTour Sprint F
  • Tyler Kornfield (alt), Discretion, 2nd fastest Qualifier Wirth SuperTour Sprint F
  • Andy Newell (alt), Discretion, 3rd fastest Qualifier Wirth SuperTour Sprint F

Women

  • Kaitlynn Miller, Objective, SuperTour Leader
  • Sophie Caldwell, Objective , 5th World Cup Sprint Standings (pre Åre and Trondheim)
  • Jessie Diggins, Objective, 7th World Cup Sprint Standings (pre Åre and Trondheim)
  • Sadie Bjornsen, Objective, 8th World Cup Sprint Standings (pre Åre and Trondheim)
  • Julia Kern, Discretion, 16th World Cup Sprint Standings (pre Åre and Trondheim)
  • Rosie Brennan, Discretion, 16th Oberstdorf Sprint C
  • Erika Flowers (alt), Discretion, Fastest Qualifier Wirth SuperTour Sprint F
  • Becca Rorabaugh (alt), Discretion, 2nd fastest Qualifier and 1st Overall Wirth SuperTour Sprint F

Oslo, NOR 30/50 km C
Men

  • Ben Lustgarten, Objective, SuperTour Leader
  • David Norris, Discretion, 24th Falun 15 km F
  • Erik Bjornsen, Discretion, 28th Ruka 15 km C
  • Simi Hamilton, Discretion, 43rd Östersund 15 km C Pursuit
  • Adam Martin, Discretion, 1st Wirth SuperTour 10 km C
  • Gus Schumacher, Discretion, 2nd Wirth SuperTour 10 km C
  • Ian Torchia (alternate), Discretion, 3rd Wirth SuperTour 10 km C
  • Tyler Kornfield (alt.), Discretion, 4th Wirth SuperTour 10 km C
  • Kyle Bratrud, Discretion, 2nd U.S. Nationals 30 km C

Women

  • Kaitlynn Miller, Objective, SuperTour Leader
  • Jessie Diggins, Objective, 5th World Cup Distance Standings (after Stage 2 Ski Tour)
  • Sadie Bjornsen, Objective, 12th World Cup Distance Standings (after Stage 2 Ski Tour)
  • Rosie Brennan, Objective, 14th World Cup Distance Standings (after Stage 2 Ski Tour)
  • Julia Kern, Objective, 36th Overall World Cup (after Stage 2 Ski Tour)
  • Hailey Swirbul, Discretion, 24th Östersund 10 km C Pursuit
  • Katharine Ogden, Discretion, 21st TDS Final Climb, 28th VdF 10 km C
  • Sophie Caldwell (alt), Discretion, 25th Toblach 10 km F
  • Caitlin Patterson (alt), Discretion, National 10 km F Champ, 2nd U.S. Nationals 20 km C
  • Rosie Frankowski (alt), Discretion, 23rd Davos 15 km F
  • Alayna Sonnesyn (alt), Discretion, 43rd Östersund 10 km F
  • Becca Rorabaugh (alt), Discretion, 2nd Wirth SuperTour 5 km C

The above discretionary selections were nominated by a 15-person working group that includes: 

  • Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Athlete Rep
  • Tad Elliott, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Athlete Rep
  • Cami Thompson-Graves, U.S. Ski & Snowboard XC Sport Committee Chair / Dartmouth College
  • Austin Caldwell, CU
  • Dragan Danevski, MEA
  • Erik Flora, APU
  • Joe Haggenmiller, CXC
  • Chris Mallory, SVSEF
  • Pepa Miloucheva, CGRP
  • Pat O’Brien, SMS
  • Dan Weiland, SSCV
  • Bernie Nelson, U.S. Ski Team
  • Jason Cork, U.S. Ski Team
  • Matt Whitcomb, U.S. Ski Team
  • Chris Grover, U.S. Ski Team

The nominations were then approved by a discretionary selection review group comprised of:

  • Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Athlete Rep
  • Tiger Shaw, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief Executive Officer
  • Bryan Fish, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Nordic Program Manager

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

Sincerely, 

Chris Grover
Cross Country Program Director, 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