PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 17) – FIS World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) leads a talented group of 13 athletes named to the 2013 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team. The announcement was made during a final pre-season training camp at the USSA’s Center of Excellence in Park City where the team has been mixing conditioning with roller skiing on the nearby Olympic trails of Soldier Hollow. The 2012-13 season, which opens Nov. 24-25 in Sweden, features the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Val di Fiemme plus the team’s first look at the Sochi Olympic trails with a World Cup in February.
Kikkan Randall, World Cup sprint champion
I am really excited to build off the momentum from last season both for my individual goals and for what we can achieve as a team during this upcoming year. The confidence on the women's team is at an all-time high and with the depth we've created, we are focusing on relay success at the World Championship in February. I have been impressed with the high level of preparation seen across the team this summer and fall, and I believe we can turn some heads this winter!
Chris Grover, Head Coach
The team had an excellent summer and fall of preparation focusing on more frequent access to snow and partnerships with top World Cup national teams in order to add value to our team that is emerging as a serious World Cup contender.
Our focus for the winter is identifying individual athlete performance strategies for major championship events like this year’s World Championships in Val di Fiemme and the Olympics next year in Sochi.
The Team is coming off a season of strong performance. Kikkan Randall had six individual and two team podiums and was backed up by rookie Jessie Diggins and veteran Liz Stephen who each had breakout years. The men's team is led by veterans Andy Newell and Kris Freeman who have both demonstrated that they will be entering the 2012-13 season in top form, plus rookie Simi Hamilton who broke through with several top-10 World Cup performances last season as well as U23 silver-medalist Noah Hoffman.
2013 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team Roster
Name, Hometown, Club (Skis, Boots, Bindings, Poles, Eyewear) Date of Birth
* Denotes Olympian
** Pursuing degree in Westminster College partnership program
World Cup Service Team
Official Cross Country Suppliers
Wax, Tools and Training Devices
Sun Valley Ski Tools
World Cup Supply