FIS World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) leads a talented group of 13 athletes named to the 2013 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team.
The announcement was made during a final pre-season training camp at the USSA’s Center of Excellence in Park City where the team has been mixing conditioning with roller skiing on the nearby Olympic trails of Soldier Hollow.
The 2012-13 season, which opens Nov. 24-25 in Sweden, features the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Val di Fiemme plus the team’s first look at the Sochi Olympic trails with a World Cup in February.
"I am really excited to build off the momentum from last season both for my individual goals and for what we can achieve as a team during this upcoming year. The confidence on the women's team is at an all-time high and with the depth we've created, we are focusing on relay success at the World Championship in February. I have been impressed with the high level of preparation seen across the team this summer and fall, and I believe we can turn some heads this winter!" Kikkan Randall said.
Another U.S. Ski Team member Jessie Diggins had a stellar debut World Cup season and scored her first World Cup podium in the team sprint in Milano.
"The team had an excellent summer and fall of preparation focusing on more frequent access to snow and partnerships with top World Cup national teams in order to add value to our team that is emerging as a serious World Cup contender," U.S. Ski Team head coach Chris Grover said.
The U.S. team is coming off a season of strong performance. Kikkan Randall had six individual and two team podiums and was backed up by rookie Jessie Diggins and veteran Liz Stephen who each had breakout years. The men's team is led by veterans Andy Newell and Kris Freeman who have both demonstrated that they will be entering the 2012-13 season in top form, plus rookie Simi Hamilton who broke through with several top-10 World Cup performances last season as well as U23 silver-medalist Noah Hoffman.
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