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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 III.  

Dresden Sprint F

Men

  • Ian Torchia, Objective, SuperTour Leader
  • Simi Hamilton, Objective, 16th Sprint World Cup 
  • Logan Hanneman, Objective, 29th Sprint World Cup
  • Kevin Bolger, Objective, 38th Sprint World Cup
  • JC Schoonmaker, Discretion, Fastest Sprint F qualifier at U.S. Nationals
  • Gus Schumacher, Discretion, Sprint F National Champ, 2nd fastest qualifier
  • Erik Bjornsen (alt.), Discretion, Historic Team Sprint ability

Women

  • Alayna Sonnesyn, Objective, SuperTour Leader
  • Sophie Caldwell, Objective, 6th Sprint World Cup
  • Sadie Maubet Bjornsen, Objective, 8th Sprint World Cup
  • Jessie Diggins, Objective, 9th Sprint World Cup
  • Julia Kern, Objective, 12th Sprint World Cup
  • Rosie Brennan, Discretion, 25th Lenzerheide Sprint F, 25th Ruka Sprint C
  • Hailey Swirbul, Discretion, 30th Davos Sprint F, Fastest qualifier US Nationals Sprint F
  • Caitlin Patterson (alt.), Discretion, 3rd U.S. Nationals Sprint F and qualifier

Nove Mesto 2-day Pursuit & Oberstdorf Skiathlon

Men

  • Ian Torchia, Objective, SuperTour Leader
  • Kyle Bratrud, Discretion, 15 km F National Champ, 2nd 30 km C National Champs
  • Gus Schumacher, Discretion, 2nd 15 km F National Champs, 4th 30 km C National Champs
  • Erik Bjornsen, Discretion, 30 km C National Champ, 3rd 15 km F National Champs
  • Simi Hamilton, Discretion, 34th Ruka 15 km C, Historic 15 km F results
  • David Norris, Discretion, 30th Tour de Ski Final Climb F
  • Adam Martin (alt.), Discretion, 5th 15 km F National Champs, 5th 30 km C National Champs

Women

  • Alayna Sonnesyn, Objective, SuperTour Leader
  • Jessie Diggins, Objective, 5th Overall World Cup as of 1/5/20
  • Sadie Maubet Bjornsen, Objective, 6th Overall World Cup as of 1/5/20
  • Rosie Brennan, Objective, 16th Overall World Cup as of 1/5/20
  • Sophie Caldwell, Objective, 23rd Overall World Cup as of 1/5/20
  • Julia Kern, Objective, 33rd Overall World Cup as of 1/5/20
  • Hailey Swirbul, Discretion, 21st Davos 10 km F, 20 km C National Champion
  • Katharine Ogden (alt.), Discretion, 21st Tour de Ski Final Climb F, 28th Overall Tour de Ski
  • Rosie Frankowski, (alt.), Discretion, 23rd Davos 10 km F
  • Caitlin Patterson (alt.), Discretion, 10 km F National Champion, 2nd 20 km C National Champs

Oberstdorf Sprint C & Falun Sprint C

Men

  • Ian Torchia, Objective, SuperTour Leader
  • Simi Hamilton, Objective, 16th Sprint World Cup 
  • Logan Hanneman, Objective, 29th Sprint World Cup
  • Kevin Bolger, Objective, 38th Sprint World Cup
  • JC Schoonmaker, Discretion, 30th Dresden Sprint F, Fastest Sprint F qualifier at U.S. Nationals
  • Andy Newell, Discretion, 1st U.S. Nationals Sprint C qualification
  • Luke Jager (alt.), Discretion, 2nd U.S. Nationals Sprint C qualification
  • Ben Saxton (alt.), Discretion, 3rd U.S. Nationals Sprint C qualification
  • Noel Keeffe (alt.), Discretion, 4th U.S. Nationals Sprint C qualification
  • Peter Holmes (alt.), Discretion, 5th U.S. Nationals Sprint C qualification
  • Tyler Kornfield (alt.), Discretion, 6th U.S. Nationals Sprint C qualification

Women

  • Alayna Sonnesyn, Objective, SuperTour Leader
  • Sophie Caldwell, Objective, 6th Sprint World Cup
  • Sadie Maubet Bjornsen, Objective, 8th Sprint World Cup
  • Jessie Diggins, Objective, 9th Sprint World Cup
  • Julia Kern, Objective, 12th Sprint World Cup
  • Rosie Brennan, Discretion, 25th Lenzerheide Sprint F, 25th Ruka Sprint C
  • Hailey Swirbul, Discretion, 30th Davos Sprint F, Fastest qualifier US Nationals Sprint F & Sprint C
  • Kaitlynn Miller (alt.), Discretion, 2nd U.S. Nationals Sprint C qualification
  • Caitlin Patterson (alt.), Discretion, 3rd U.S. Nationals Sprint C qualification

Falun 15/30 km F

Men

  • Ian Torchia, Objective, SuperTour Leader
  • Kyle Bratrud, Discretion, 15 km F National Champ, 2nd 30 km C National Champs
  • Gus Schumacher, Discretion, 2nd 15 km F National Champs, 4th 30 km C National Champs
  • Erik Bjornsen, Discretion, 30 km C National Champ, 3rd 15 km F National Champs
  • David Norris, Discretion, 30th Tour de Ski Final Climb F
  • TBD, Discretion, Nomination post Oberstdorf and Craftsbury SuperTour
  • TBD (alt.), Discretion, Nomination post Oberstdorf and Craftsbury SuperTour

Women

  • Alayna Sonnesyn, Objective, SuperTour Leader
  • Jessie Diggins, Objective, 5th Overall World Cup as of 1/5/20
  • Sadie Maubet Bjornsen, Objective, 6th Overall World Cup as of 1/5/20
  • Rosie Brennan, Objective, 16th Overall World Cup as of 1/5/20
  • Sophie Caldwell, Objective, 23rd Overall World Cup as of 1/5/20
  • Julia Kern, Objective, 33rd Overall World Cup as of 1/5/20
  • Hailey Swirbul, Discretion, 21st Davos 10 km F, 20 km C National Champion
  • Katharine Ogden (alt.), Discretion, 21st Tour de Ski Final Climb F, 28th Overall Tour de Ski
  • Rosie Frankowski, (alt.), Discretion, 23rd Davos 10 km F
  • Caitlin Patterson (alt.), Discretion, 10 km F National Champion, 2nd 20 km C National Champs

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

The above discretionary selection process will be repeated for each period of World Cup this coming season, with the next selection for Period IV on or after January 27, 2020.  

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