Patrick Caldwell will lead a team of 10 Americans at the USANA FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships Jan. 30 through Feb. 5 in Utah. (USSA)
PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 16, 2017) - The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has named a team of 10 athletes to represent the USA in the upcoming Under 23 Cross Country World Championships. The U23 Championships will be held Jan. 30-Feb. 5 at the Soldier Hollow Nordic Center along with the USANA FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships - the first time the event has been held in the USA since 1986 in Lake Placid.
More than 500 athletes from nearly 40 nations are expected to take part in the Junior World and U23 Championships.
The team of five men and five women was chosen based on results of USSA SuperTour competitions as well as trials during the recently completed L.L.Bean U.S. Cross Country Championships at Soldier Hollow.
The team is led by Patrick Caldwell (Lyme Center, NH) of Stratton Mountain School. Caldwell is a two-time veteran of the U23 World Championships who was 15th in the 15k freestyle event in 2015. Adam Martin (Marquette, MI) from Northern Michigan University and women's team member Kelsey Phinney (Ketchum, ID) of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation were also on the 2016 U23 Team along with Caldwell.
Competition opens on Tuesday, Jan. 31 with a classic sprint. On Thursday, Feb. 2 men race a 10k freestyle with women running 5k. A skiathlon, featuring both classic and freestyle technique, is set for Saturday, Feb. 4.
2017 USA UNDER 23 CROSS COUNTRY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM (Name, hometown, USSA club, birthdate, age at start of championships)
Men Patrick Caldwell, Lyme Center, NH (Stratton Mountain School) 2/18/1994 (22) * ** Callan Deline, Avon, CO (Dartmouth Ski Team) 12/4/1995 (21) John Hegman, Huntington, VT (Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation) 5/21/1994 (22) Adam Martin, Marquette, MI (Northern Michigan University) 10/26/1994 (22) * Cole Morgan, Bozeman, MT (Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation) 3/10/1994 (22)
Women Nichole Bathe, Fitchburg, WI (Univ. of Alaska-Fairbanks) 3/17/1995 (21) Jesse Knori, Wilson, WY (Univ. of Colorado Ski Team, 5/24/1994 (22) Kelsey Phinney, Ketchum, ID (Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation) 4/9/1994 (22) * Alayna Sonnesyn, Plymouth, MN (Univ. of Vermont) 6/22/1996 (20) Corey Stock, Lincoln, MA (Bridger Ski Foundation) 6/20/1994 (22)
* Member of 2016 Junior Worlds team ** Member of 2015 Junior Worlds team
2017 USANA FIS NORDIC JUNIOR WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS Cross Country Schedule (all events at Soldier Hollow)
Monday, January 30 7:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony (Zermatt Resort, Midway)