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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,

Dear Cross Country Community,

We are pleased to announce the USA Cross Country Team for World Cup Period 1 of the 2019-20 season:

Ruka, FIN Triple 

Men

  • Kyle Bratrud - Objective - Overall 18-19 SuperTour Leader
  • Simi Hamilton - Objective - 17th World Cup Sprint Standings 18-19
  • Erik Bjornsen - Objective  - 36th World Cup Distance Standings 18-19
  • Andy Newell - Discretion - 30 World Cup Points 18-19
  • David Norris - Discretion -  22 World Cup Points 18-19
  • Kevin Bolger - Discretion - 17 World Cup Points 18-19
  • Scott Patterson - Discretion - 12 World Cup Points 18-19
  • Logan Hanneman (alternate) - Discretion - 10 World Cup Points 18-19

Women

  • Julia Kern - Objective - Overall 18-19 SuperTour Leader
  • Sophie Caldwell - Objective - 4th World Cup Sprint Standings 18-19
  • Jessie Diggins - Objective - 7th World Cup Sprint Standings 18-19
  • Sadie Bjornsen - Objective - 8th World Cup Sprint Standings 18-19
  • Rosie Brennan - Objective - 27th World Cup Distance Standings 18-19
  • Kelsey Phinney - Discretion - 12 World Cup Points 18-19
  • Caitlin Patterson - Discretion - 9 World Cup Points 18-19
  • Hailey Swirbul - Discretion - 18-19 OPA Distance Podiums
  • Rosie Frankowski - Discretion - 24th Seefeld WSC Skiathlon

Lillehammer, NOR Skiathlon and Davos, SUI 10/15 km F

Men

  • Kyle Bratrud - Objective - Overall 18-19 SuperTour Leader
  • Erik Bjornsen - Objective - 36th World Cup Distance Standings 18-19
  • Simi Hamilton - Discretion - 40 World Cup Distance Points 18-19
  • David Norris - Discretion - 22 World Cup Distance Points 18-19
  • Scott Patterson - Discretion - 12 World Cup Distance Points 18-19
  • Adam Martin - Discretion - Next lowest FIS distance ranking

Women

  • Julia Kern - Objective - Overall 18-19 SuperTour Leader
  • Jessie Diggins - Objective - 6th World Cup Distance Standings 18-19
  • Sadie Bjornsen - Objective - 13th World Cup Distance Standings 18-19
  • Rosie Brennan - Objective - 27th World Cup Distance Standings 18-19
  • Caitlin Patterson - Discretion - 9 World Cup Distance Points 18-19
  • Hailey Swirbul - Discretion - 18-19 OPA Distance Podiums
  • Rosie Frankowski - Discretion - 24th Seefeld WSC Skiathlon

Davos, SUI Sprint F and Planica, SLO Sprint F

Men

  • Kyle Bratrud - Objective - Overall 18-19 SuperTour Leader
  • Simi Hamilton - Objective - 17th World Cup Sprint Standings 18-19
  • Andy Newell - Discretion - 30 World Cup Sprint Points 18-19
  • Kevin Bolger - Discretion - 17 World Cup Sprint Points 18-19
  • Logan Hanneman - Discretion - 10 World Cup Sprint Points 18-19
  • Erik Bjornsen - Discretion - 7 World Cup Sprint Points 18-19
  • Ben Saxton (alternate) - Discretion - Next lowest FIS sprint ranking

Women

  • Julia Kern - Objective - Overall 18-19 SuperTour Leader
  • Sophie Caldwell - Objective - 4th World Cup Sprint Standings 18-19
  • Jessie Diggins - Objective - 7th World Cup Sprint Standings 18-19
  • Sadie Bjornsen - Objective - 8th World Cup Sprint Standings 18-19
  • Rosie Brennan - Discretion - 16 World Cup Sprint Points 18-19
  • Kelsey Phinney - Discretion - 12 World Cup Sprint Points 18-19
  • Hannah Halvorsen - Discretion - Next lowest FIS sprint ranking

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
  • Luke Bodensteiner, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief of Sport
  • 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 the Tour de Ski (i.e. Period 2) coming on or after Dec. 18, 2019. 

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