|2002/2003 US Team Announced|
PARK CITY, Utah (May 3) - Fourteen nordic athletes, including 13 members of the 2002 Olympic Team in Salt Lake City, have been named to the 2003 U.S. Ski Team, Nordic Director Luke Bodensteiner said Friday.
The group includes six cross country racers, three ski jumpers and five nordic combined skiers. The 2003 U.S. nordic teams:
Cross country - Men: Kris Freeman, 21, Andover, NH; Andrew Johnson, 24, Greensboro, VT; Torin Koos, 21, Leavenworth, WA; Carl Swenson, 32, Boulder, CO; and Justin Wadsworth, 33, Bend, OR. Women: Wendy Wagner, 28, Park City, UT
Jumping - A Team: Alan Alborn, 21, Anchorage, AK; B Team: Clint Jones, 17, Steamboat Springs, CO; C Team: Tommy Schwall, 18, Steamboat Springs, CO
Nordic combined - Bill Demong, 22, Vermontville, NY; Nathan Gerhart, 19, Steamboat Springs, CO; Todd Lodwick, 26, Steamboat Springs, CO; Johnny Spillane, 21, Steamboat Springs, CO; Carl Van Loan, 21, Webster, NH
The lone non-Olympian was Gerhart, who won the bronze medal in combined at the 2002 nordic World Junior Championships in Schonach, Germany.
Bodensteiner noted the success of the past winter - Lodwick and Demong each won World Cup events, Alborn re-set his own distance record (221 meters) as he posted the best U.S. jumping performance since the 1992 season, and the men's Olympic cross country relay result was the best in U.S. history.
"We're coming off our best World Cup season ever for combined and the best in many years for cross country and jumping," Bodensteiner said. "These athletes played a major role in those successes and with that experience, we're looking to keep the momentum rolling as we start a new Olympic cycle."
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