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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 5:

Oslo, NOR 50/30 km C

Men

  • Kyle Bratrud - Objective - SuperTour Leader
  • Erik Bjornsen - Objective - 39th World Cup Distance Standings
  • David Norris - Discretion - 33rd Cogne 15 km C
  • Scott Patterson - Discretion - Historic 50 km results
  • Adam Martin - Discretion - Historic distance results
  • Ben Lustgarten - Discretion - Historic distance results

Women

  • Kaitlynn Miller - Objective - SuperTour Leader
  • Jessie Diggins - Objective - 6th World Cup Distance Standings
  • Sadie Bjornsen - Objective - 14th World Cup Distance Standings
  • Rosie Brennan - Objective - 20th World Cup Distance Standings
  • Rosie Frankowski - Discretion - Historic distance results
  • Caitlin Patterson - Discretion - Historic distance results           

Drammen, NOR Sprint C

Men

  • Kyle Bratrud - Objective - SuperTour Leader
  • Simi Hamilton - Objective - 17th World Cup Sprint Standings
  • Andy Newell - Discretion - 15th Otepää Sprint C, 23rd Cogne Sprint F
  • Erik Bjornsen - Discretion - 24th Otepää Sprint C
  • Kevin Bolger - Discretion - 18th Seefeld WSC Sprint F, 21st Toblach Sprint F
  • Logan Hanneman - Discretion - 26th Seefeld WSC Sprint F, 27th Cogne Sprint F
  • Ben Saxton - Alternate - Historic sprint results

Women

  • Kaitlynn Miller - Objective - SuperTour Leader
  • Sophie Caldwell - Objective - 4th World Cup Sprint Standings
  • Jessie Diggins  - Objective - 8th World Cup Sprint Standings
  • Sadie Bjornsen - Objective - 11th World Cup Sprint Standings
  • Julia Kern - Discretion - 11th Cogne Sprint F, 19th Dresden Sprint F
  • Ida Sargent  - Discretion - 15th Otepää Sprint C, 21st Davos Sprint F
  • Rosie Brennan - Discretion - 21st Lillehammer Sprint F, 27th Cogne Sprint F
  • Kelsey Phinney - Alternate - 19th Lahti Sprint F 

Falun, SWE Sprint F

Men

  • Kyle Bratrud - Objective - SuperTour Leader
  • Simi Hamilton - Objective - 17th World Cup Sprint Standings
  • Andy Newell - Discretion - 15th Otepää Sprint C, 23rd Cogne Sprint F
  • Kevin Bolger - Discretion - 18th Seefeld WSC Sprint F, 21st Toblach Sprint F
  • Logan Hanneman - Discretion - 26th Seefeld WSC Sprint F, 27th Cogne Sprint F
  • Ben Saxton - Alternate - Historic sprint results

Women

  • Kaitlynn Miller - Objective - SuperTour Leader
  • Sophie Caldwell - Objective - 4th World Cup Sprint Standings
  • Jessie Diggins - Objective - 8th World Cup Sprint Standings
  • Sadie Bjornsen - Objective - 11th World Cup Sprint Standings
  • Julia Kern - Discretion - 11th Cogne Sprint F, 19th Dresden Sprint F
  • Ida Sargent  - Discretion - 15th Otepää Sprint C, 21st Davos Sprint F
  • Rosie Brennan - Discretion - 21st Lillehammer Sprint F, 27th Cogne Sprint F
  • Kelsey Phinney - Alternate - 19th Lahti Sprint F 

Falun, SWE 10/15 km F

Men

  • Kyle Bratrud - Objective - SuperTour Leader
  • Erik Bjornsen - Objective - 39th World Cup Distance Standings
  • David Norris - Discretion - 22nd fastest WSC Skiathlon skate time
  • Scott Patterson - Discretion - Historic Distance F results
  • Simi Hamilton - Discretion - Historic Distance F results

Women

  • Kaitlynn Miller - Objective - SuperTour Leader
  • Jessie Diggins - Objective - 6th World Cup Distance Standings
  • Sadie Bjornsen -  Objective - 14th World Cup Distance Standings
  • Rosie Brennan  - Objective - 20th World Cup Distance Standings
  • Rosie Frankowski - Discretion - 14th fastest WSC Skiathlon skate time
  • Julia Kern  - Discretion - 18th fastest WSC Skiathlon skate time
  • Caitlin Patterson - Discretion - 23rd Ulricehamn 10 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. 

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