PARK CITY, Utah (Oct. 10, 2023) - U.S. Ski & Snowboard formally announces the 23 athletes representing the Stifel U.S. Cross Country Ski Team for the 2023-24 season. All athletes nominated to the team in May were selected based on predetermined selection criteria and have formally accepted their nominations to the national team.
The roster is complete with longtime veterans and promising newcomers ready to compete on the sport's biggest stage come November. Returning athletes include three-time Olympic medalist and 2023 world champion Jessie Diggins, 2022-23 FIS Rookie of the Year Ben Ogden and two-time Olympian Rosie Brennan. The roster also includes new talent with five athletes being called up to the national team for the first time.
Ben Ogden and Jessie Diggins and the 2022-23 World Cup Finals in Lahti, FIN celebrating Ogden winning the U23 Rookie of the Year and Diggins clinching second in the FIS World Cup Overall. (Nordic Focus)
The season will take athletes around the world once again but is highlighted with a World Cup in Minneapolis, Minnesota over Presidents Day weekend, bringing the best cross country skiers stateside for the first time in more than 23 years. The 2024 Loppet Cup presented by Stifel will include two days of elite racing, including a 10k and sprint, allowing American athletes to race a World Cup in their home country for the first time in their careers, and American fans an opportunity to see the action in person.
“The U.S. team is hungry to begin the 2023-24 season after a very productive preparation period with excellent training opportunities at Mt. Bachelor in Oregon, the Torsby ski tunnel in Sweden and the Snow Farm in New Zealand, among other locations,” said Stifel U.S. Cross Country Ski Team Program Director Chris Grover. “Training progress has been evident in the many outstanding performances by our athletes in major rollerski and running competitions around the globe. Although the entire season will be exciting to watch, some highlights from the team will include the Tour de Ski, which will include non-traditional longer events in both Toblach and Davos, and of course our home World Cup at Wirth Park in Minneapolis.”
The 2023-24 World Cup season kicks off with period one in Ruka, Finland Nov. 24-26, with three races: classic sprint, 10k classic and 20k skate race. The final FIS World Cup schedule can be found here. An in-depth ‘How to Watch’ announcement will be released shortly through the U.S. Ski & Snowboard website and social media channels.
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