Saturday, June 1, 2002 - Latest News
US Ski Teams Announced

PARK CITY, Utah - 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.

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

"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."

Olympic cross country skiers Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK/Gold 2002-Alaska Pacific U.) and Lindsey Weier (Mahtomedi, MN/Minneapolis Ski Club/Community Olympic Development Program) are among 12 young athletes named to the U.S. nordic development teams for the 2003 season, Nordic Director Luke Bodensteiner said Friday.

Randall, 19, a 2001 World Championships racer, earned the sprint title at the 2002 Chevy Truck U.S. Cross Country Championships in January in Bozeman, MT. A freshman at Alaska Pacific University, she has competed in the last two World Junior Championships and raced at the Olympics in the sprint and the pursuit. Weier, 17 who is headed for Northern Michigan University after high school graduation next month, emerged last season with two top-5s at the cross country championships and raced at World Juniors before going to the Olympics.

Welch, 18, is a student at the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, NY, and trains with the New York Ski Education Foundation program. He also competed at the last World Junior Championships.

Nominated to the 2003 nordic development teams (with age, hometown and club program):

Cross country: Men Andy Newell, 18, Shaftsbury, VT/Stratton Mountain School. Women Melissa Oram, 22, Taberg, NY/Northern Michigan U; Kikkan Randall, 19, Anchorage, AK/Gold 2002-APU; Aubrey Smith, 22, Seward, AK/NMU; Kristina Trygstaad-Saari, 17, Bozeman, MT/Bridger Nordic; and Lindsey Weier, 17, Mahtomedi, MN/Minneapolis Ski Club/Community Olympic Development Program.


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