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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,

Due to uncertainties surrounding the pandemic and potential implications for the 20-21 race season, the World Championships and World Cup draft selection criteria have been modified and are posted here:

 

2021 Oberstdorf World Champs: https://usskiandsnowboard.org/sport-programs/criteria/cross-country-world-championships-criteria

 

2020-21 World Cup: https://usskiandsnowboard.org/sport-programs/criteria/cross-country-world-cup-criteria

 

The changes are in red, and reflect the fact that the FIS staff, in consultation with NGBs, LOCs and the FIS Cross Country Committee, will analyze pandemic conditions in late September and decide on a World Cup A vs. World Cup B calendar, which has implications on our criteria selection periods. 

 

Also, because the FIS Cross Country Committee has introduced the concept of awarding individual World Cup points for team events (distance relays and team sprints), we’ve also added language to both criterion confirming that World Cup points scored towards objective qualification must be gathered in individual World Cup events. 

 

We will complete and post the final criteria in October once the World Cup calendar is finalized. 

 

Separately, one project that the World Cup Discretionary Selection Working Group has been working on this spring is to create a set of Working Group Guidelines that are intended to streamline our discretionary selection discussions, and hopefully increase our agility and the speed by which we can notify nominated athletes.  Here are the guidelines:

 

World Cup Discretionary Selection Working Group

Guidelines 2020-21

  • The Working Group is comprised of an odd number of administrators, coaches and athlete reps.  Each vote is equal and a simple majority wins each vote.  The Working Group aspires to be 15 total persons or less to ensure fast selection decision making. 
  • The Working Group aims to maintain representation from the USST coaching staff, a coach from the 4 major senior clubs (APU, Craftsbury, Stratton and Sun Valley), coaches from additional clubs (university, smaller clubs, etc.), and at least 2 athlete reps who are not currently competing. 
  • Working Group members must stay informed by following national and international results, as well as actively participating in discretionary selection discussions and voting in a timely manner. 
  • The Working Group aspires to create better gender equity within its ranks when possible.  If a member of the Working Group steps down, the Group will endeavor to find a female coach or athlete rep to fill that vacancy, understanding that some positions are fixed by employment. 
  • Votes of Working Group members are confidential and are not to be discussed outside of the Working Group.  A member of the Working Group is free to share his or her own vote with others but shall not discuss the votes of other Group members.  This ensures that honest conversations may take place without hurting the feelings of any athlete being discussed for a discretionary nomination.
  • As members of the Working Group, we advocate for qualified athletes from every club, and not simply athletes from our respective home clubs. 
  • The below are Working Group guidelines and are not rules.  The Working Group reserves the right to consider different selections methods when special circumstances arise. 
  • The Working Group will always offer the nomination to the athlete we feel is best suited for success at the race, even if we know the athlete will decline the nomination.  The athlete must have the first right of refusal.
  • When comparing performances from different race series, the Group will generally consider the following ranking of importance:
    • World Cup results (recent, then current season, and possibly historical).
    • Significant recent international results (U23s, WJCs, OPA, Scandinavian Cup, etc.).
    • U.S. National Championships in the same season.
    • SuperTour results in the same season. 
  • When selecting discretionary nominations to World Cup Period 1, the Group will generally consider:
    • World Cup Points (distance and sprint, overall, and perhaps bonus) from the previous season.
    • FIS Points
    • SuperTour Points (distance and sprint, overall)
  • When nominating sprinters, the Group will look at sprint qualifying times first, since they are the best indicator of an athlete’s likelihood to qualify for the heats on World Cup.  For additional info, the Group may look at end-of-day sprint finish placing.  
  • When possible, the Group will attempt to match the event to the athletes’ skills (distance of the race, skate vs. classic), knowing that it is unrealistic to change athletes every weekend on World Cup, and that compromises are often necessary.    
  • The Working Group may choose not to fill every start every weekend if certain conditions exist (i.e. lack of depth in a certain race format or field, World Cup level not appropriate for next best athlete, etc.).
  • The Working Group will only add alternates when:

o    The addition of alternates would not take away from the USA’s ability to win, reach the podium, reach the top-10, etc. with athletes who are prepared for success at the highest level.

o    We have strong depth-of-field in the discipline (i.e. women/men, sprint/distance, classic/skate). 

o    The Group is especially sensitive to the demands of tours and mini-tours (i.e. all athletes racing every day), and how filling starts and/or naming alternates places additional burdens on a limited coaching, ski service, and medical/recovery/nutritional staff.  This is especially poignant in major tours that require travel between venues, added logistics, and added exposure to possible illness.  The Group understands that there are also limited work stations in the USA wax truck, so the Team may not be able to accommodate additional service technicians. 

 

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

 

World Cup Period 1

Dear Cross Country Community,

We are pleased to announce the USA Cross Country Team for World Cup Period 1 of the 2020-21 season:

Ruka Triple 
Men
Gus Schumacher              Objective          Overall 19-20 SuperTour Leader
Simi Hamilton                    Objective          24th Sprint World Cup 19-20
Logan Hanneman              Discretion         36 World Cup Points (19-20 Overall)
David Norris                       Discretion         31 World Cup Points (19-20 Overall)
Kevin Bolger                      Discretion         29 World Cup Points (19-20 Overall)
JC Schoonmaker               Discretion         1 World Cup Point (19-20 Overall)
Scott Patterson (alt)           Discretion         Next lowest FIS distance points
Adam Martin (alt)               Discretion         Next lowest FIS distance points

Women
Kaitlynn Miller                      Objective            Overall 19-20 SuperTour Leader
Sophie Caldwell Hamilton    Objective            6th World Cup Sprint Standings 19-20
Sadie Maubet Bjornsen       Objective            10th World Cup Sprint Standings 19-20
Jessie Diggins                     Objective            11th World Cup Sprint Standings 19-20
Julia Kern                            Objective            19th World Cup Sprint Standings 19-20
Rosie Brennan                    Objective            14th Distance World Cup 19-20
Katharine Ogden                 Discretion           33 World Cup Points (19-20 Overall)
Hailey Swirbul                     Discretion           24 World Cup Points (19-20 Overall)
Rosie Frankowski               Discretion           10 World Cup Points (19-20 Overall)
Caitlin Patterson                 Discretion           2 World Cup Points (19-20 Overall)

Lillehammer Skiathlon and Davos 10/15 km F
Men
Gus Schumacher                Objective          Overall 19-20 SuperTour Leader
David Norris                        Discretion         21 World Cup Distance Points 19-20
Scott Patterson                   Discretion         Next lowest FIS distance points
Adam Martin                       Discretion         Next lowest FIS distance points
Ben Lustgarten                   Discretion         Next lowest FIS distance points
Simi Hamilton                     Discretion         Next lowest FIS distance points
Ian Torchia (alt)                  Discretion         Next lowest FIS distance points

Women
Kaitlynn Miller                      Objective           Overall 19-20 SuperTour Leader
Jessie Diggins                     Objective           8th World Cup Distance Standings 19-20
Sadie Maubet Bjornsen       Objective           13th World Cup Distance Standings 19-20
Rosie Brennan                       Objective         14th World Cup Distance Standings 19-20
Julia Kern                                 Discretion          25 World Cup Distance Points 19-20
Hailey Swirbul                          Discretion          17 World Cup Distance Points 19-20
Katharine Ogden                      Discretion          13 World Cup Distance Points 19-20
Rosie Frankowski (alt)              Discretion          10 World Cup Distance Points 19-20
Sophie Caldwell Hamilton (alt) Discretion        10 World Cup Distance Points 19-20                   

Lillehammer Sprint C, Davos Sprint F, and Dresden Sprint F
Men
Gus Schumacher                     Objective          Overall 19-20 SuperTour Leader
Simi Hamilton                           Objective        24th World Cup Sprint Standings 19-20
Logan Hanneman                     Discretion         31 World Cup Sprint Points 19-20
Kevin Bolger                             Discretion          29 World Cup Sprint Points 19-20
JC Schoonmaker                      Discretion         1 World Cup Sprint Point 19-20
Tyler Kornfield                          Discretion           Next lowest FIS sprint points
Ben Saxton (alt)                        Discretion          Next lowest FIS sprint points
Noel Keeffe (alt)                        Discretion          Next lowest FIS sprint points

Women
Kaitlynn Miller                          Objective            Overall 19-20 SuperTour Leader
Sophie Caldwell Hamilton        Objective          6th World Cup Sprint Standings 19-20
Sadie Maubet Bjornsen            Objective         10th World Cup Sprint Standings 19-20
Jessie Diggins                           Objective           11th World Cup Sprint Standings 19-20
Julia Kern                                  Objective         19th World Cup Sprint Standings 19-20
Rosie Brennan                          Discretion           58 World Cup Sprint Points 19-20
Hailey Swirbul                           Discretion           7 World Cup Sprint Points 19-20
Hannah Halvorsen (alt)             Discretion           Next lowest FIS sprint points
Katharine Ogden (alt)                Discretion           Next lowest FIS sprint points

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 Tea

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 CEO
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.  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. Ski Team
chris.grover@usskiandsnowboard.org