2010 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team Announced Headlined by Kikkan Randall

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on May 26, 2009 10:43 pm

It’s sort of like getting the date with the ultimate beauty (or beau) the night before the wedding.  Yes, the U.S. Ski Team announced the six athletes of the A Team and the five of the B Team, but the 2010 Olympic Team won’t be announced until January 19, 2010.  And that team will be based on the results of the upcoming season.  But, for now, props and celebration are due the 11 team members.  They include World Championship silver medalist Kikkan Randall (pictured above)(Anchorage, AK), World Cup spring medalist Andy Newell (Shaftsburry, VT), three-time U.S. champion Liz Stephen (East Montelier, VT), and Kris Freeman (Andover, NH).

The leader on the women’s side is Kikkan Randall.  “With Kikkan leading the way, we have good hopes for this and future Olympics,” said U.S. Cross Country Ski Team Head Coach Pete Vordenberg.  Moving up from the B to A team are Liz Stephens and Morgan Arritola (Ketchum, ID).  “Liz and Morgan are both growing and it’s really nice to have new faces on the World Cup team,” Vordenberg said. “The atmosphere is really good right now with the whole team.”

On the men’s side, Andy Newell and Kris Freeman give hope that an American can stand on the podium at the Olympics in a sport that has seen few U.S. medals in the past.

Currently, the U.S Cross Country Ski Team is training in Oregon.

photo: Kikkan Randall at Whistler

A Team
Morgan Arritola (5/13/86; Ketchum, ID; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation)
Kris Freeman (10/14/80; Andover, NH; Andover Outing Club)*
Torin Koos (7/19/80; Leavenworth, WA; Leavenworth Winter Sports Club)*
Andy Newell (11/30/83; Shaftsbury, VT; Stratton Mountain School)*
Kikkan Randall (12/31/82; Anchorage, AK; Alaska Pacific University Nordic)*
Liz Stephen (1/12/87; East Montpelier, VT; Burke Mountain Academy)

B Team
Noah Hoffman (8/1/89; Aspen, CO; Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation)
Garrott Kuzzy (11/26/82; Hayward, WI; CXC Elite)
Taz Mannix (6/14/86; Talkeetna, AK; Alaska Pacific University Nordic)
Morgan Smyth (2/10/86; Vernon, VT; Northern Michigan University)
Lindsay Williams (6/16/84; Hastings, MN; Northern Michigan University)*

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