Diggins, Bolger, Ketterson earn U.S. Ski Team spots
Three Central Cross Country Skiing alums have earned nominations to the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team. Nominations for the 2019-20 national team were announced May 7 by U.S. Ski & Snowboard.
The nominees included Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) to the A Team, Kevin Bolger (Minocqua, Wis.) to B Team and Zak Ketterson (Bloomington, Minn.) to D Team.
Ketterson earned his first nomination to the national team after a strong season of domestic racing. He opened the CXC Cup with a first and second at Houghton, Mich. and won a SuperTour on his home course at Theodore Wirth Park in February. Ketterson grew up skiing with Loppet Nordic Racing and went on to ski for the Northern Michigan University Wildcats.
Bolger, who came out of the famed Lakeland High School program, returns for a second year on the team. He now has two years of World Cup racing under his belt, which kicked off with an 11th place finish in March, 2018 at his international debut in Lahti, Finland. After high school, Bolger competed for the University of Utah where he earned NCAA All America honors.
The Olympic champion Diggins was nominated to the team for the ninth straight year. This past season she was ranked sixth overall in the FIS World Cup. Diggins got her start as a three-year old in the Minnesota Youth Ski League. As a high school skier at Stillwater, she won the 2009 Kortelopet. As a relative newcomer to international racing, she won World Championship gold in 2013 with Kikkan Randall.
“It’s always gratifying to see athletes come through our CXC system to advance through the pipeline,” said CXC Sport Development Director Joe Haggenmiller. “It also shows the importance of both our CXC club programs working daily to develop these athletes at a young age and then the further integration with colleges and professional teams as they move up the ladder, whether here in Central or other parts of the country.”
A key focal point for the national team this year will be the World Cup sprint in Minneapolis this March.