Friday, May 29, 2009

Arritola rises to USST 'A' squad

Another Morgan, Smyth, joins SVSEF program

Morgan Arritola

Sun Valley's Morgan Arritola, 23, is one of six athletes including three women named to the 2009-10 A-Team roster of the U.S. Nordic Ski Team.

The U.S. Olympic Team will be named Jan. 19, 2010, according to a May 26 press release from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

Her advancement from the B-Team is attributed to an excellent season with top results in the 2009 World and U-23 World Championships. Arritola joins Kikkan Randall, 26, of Anchorage and Liz Stephen, 22, of Vermont along with three men—Kris Freeman, 29, Torin Koos, 28, and Andy Newell, 25.

Arritola has already started her preparation for the 2010 Olympic season with early-season training in the Wood River Valley and on-snow training in Bend, Ore.

Her summer schedule includes numerous training camps with the U.S. Ski Team both on and off snow in New Zealand, at the Olympic venue in Whistler, B.C., Canada, in Lake Placid and a pre-World Cup camp in Scandinavia. Between camps, Morgan will be here in the Wood River Valley training with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation's Olympic Development Team.

Joining Morgan on the official U.S. XC Team roster is 23-year-old Vermont native Morgan Smyth (B-Team). The reigning U.S. 5-kilometer classic and team sprint champion has relocated from Northern Michigan University to join the SVSEF Olympic Development Team for next season.

SVSEF ODT racer Noah Hoffman, 19, of Aspen, Colo., is also a member of the B-Team.

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