Wednesday, November 21, 2012

U.S. Nordic Team opens season in Sweden

Grover is head coach

By the US Ski Team

     Former Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation cross-country ski coach Chris Grover, now the Head Coach and Head Men’s Coach of the U.S. Nordic Ski Team, has welcomed a talented group of 13 athletes to the 2013 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team.

     Matt Whitcomb is the Head Women’s Coach.

     The 2012-13 World Cup season debuts Nov. 24-25 at Gaellivare, Sweden and includes the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships Feb. 20-March 3 in Val di Fiemme, Italy. The national team will also get its first look at the Sochi (Russia) Olympic trails with a World Cup race in February 2013

     Aspen’s Simi Hamilton, 25, of the SVSEF has moved to the Men’s A Team. Elevated to the Women’s A Team is Jessie Diggins, 21, of Afton, Minn.

     Leading the national team into action is World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall, 29, of Anchorage, Ak.

     Rounding out the teams are:

· Men’s A Team: Kris Freeman, 32, Andover, N.H.; Simi Hamilton, 25, Aspen; and Andy Newell, 28, Shaftsbury, Vt.

· Women’s A Team: Kikkan Randall, 29, Anchorage; Jessie Diggins, 21, Afton, Minn.; and Liz Stephen, 25, Montpelier, Vt.

· Men’s B Team: Tad Elliott, 24, Durango, Colo.; and Noah Hoffman, 23, Aspen, Colo.

· Women’s B Team: Sadie Bjornsen, 23, Winthrop, Wash.; Holly Brooks, 30, Anchorage, Ak.; and Ida Sargent, 24, Orleans, Vt.

· Development Team: Erik Bjornsen, 21, Winthrop, Wash.; and Skyler Davis, 20, Jericho, Vt.

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