As the U.S. Cross-Country skiing nationals concluded at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah, a large number of skiers, skiing out of the Mid-West have been selected to attend a variety of international trips that are coming up soon.
Nine Mid-west athletes will represent the U.S. in the upcoming FIS World U23/Junior Championships and U18 Junior Nordic Championships (J1 Scandinavian Cup) in a testament to “what’s happening here”, noted CXC Executive Director Yuri Gusev.
The annual FIS World U23/Junior Championships provide a unique opportunity for the best 15-22 year-olds of the skiing world to compete together. The World Junior Championships are important competitions in the development of future World Cup contenders, and World Cup skiers of the future are usually found on the official results lists.
The Junior Nordic Championships (JI Scandinavian Cup) are an excellent introduction to international championship competition, bringing the best young athletes from the Scandinavian nations and the United States together for an highly meaningful development experience that is a major stepping stone to international excellence.
“It’s great to see Midwest athletes qualifying for these trips in all three age groups,” noted Gusev, “what we also see that qualified athletes are coming from the clubs or have gone through clubs during their development where clubs have certified coaches and have full range of training programs at those clubs, from entry level introductory to top level year-round junior program, we are really thrilled.”
FIS U23 World Ski Championship
Ben Saxton (Straton T2 Elite)
Jessie Diggins (USST/ Stratton T2 Elite)
Anne Hart (Dartmouth College)
Rosie Frankowski (Northern Michigan University)
FIS World Junior Ski Championships – Val di Fiemme, ITA
Adam Martin (Northern Michigan University)
Nichole Bathe (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
Ben Loomis (Chippewa Valley Nordic), as a member of the US WJ Ski Jumping Team
U18 Junior Nordic Championships (J1 Scandinavian Cup)
Mattie Watts (Endurance United – SISU)
Vivian Hett (Loppet Nordic Racing)
“It was exciting to see great performances from Midwest skiers at senior nationals across different age groups, clubs and teams. It shows are athletes are learning to prepare more professionally for tryout races and now are reaping the rewards.” – commented Reid Lutter, Midwest Junior National Head Coach.
Photo Credit: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team