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Cross country, nordic combined, ski jumping athletes headed to Sochi for Team USA

Sarah Hendrickson (GEPA/Felix Roittner)

Sarah Hendrickson (GEPA/Felix Roittner)

PARK CITY, Utah – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced the nomination of 14 cross country, seven ski jumping, and four nordic combined athletes to the Olympic team on Wednesday (Jan. 22) World champions Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins will lead the cross country team while world champions Lindsey Van, who played a pivotal role in getting ski jumping into the Olympic Winter Games for women, and Sarah Hendrickson, who was selected after a promising return to snow following a knee injury, will be a part of the first-ever women’s ski jumping team at the Games. Athletes nominated to the nordic combined team include Olympic and World Champion Billy Demong as well as World Champion and Olympic medalist Todd Lodwick. It will be a record-breaking sixth Olympic Winter Games for Lodwick, who earned his nomination after winning 2014 U.S. Olympic Trials Dec. 28.

2014 OLYMPIC NOMINATIONS

Men’s Cross Country
Erik Bjornsen, Winthrop, WA (7/14/1991)
Brian Gregg, Minneapolis (6/27/1984)
Kris Freeman, Concord, NH (10/14/1980) *
Simi Hamilton, Aspen, CO (5/14/1987) *
Noah Hoffman, Aspen, CO (8/1/1989)
Torin Koos, Leavenworth, WA (7/19/1980) *
Andy Newell, Shaftsbury, VT (11/30/1983) *

Women’s Cross Country
Sadie Bjornsen, Winthrop, WA (11/21/1989)
Holly Brooks, Anchorage (4/17/1982) *
Sophie Caldwell, Peru, VT (3/22/1990)
Jessie Diggins, Afton, MN (8/26/1991)
Kikkan Randall, Anchorage (12/31/1982) *
Ida Sargent, Orleans, VT (1/25/1988)
Liz Stephen, East Montpelier, VT (1/12/1987) *

Men’s Ski Jumping
Nick Alexander, Lebanon, NH (8/24/1988) *
Nick Fairall, Andover, NH (7/6/1989)
Peter Frenette, Saranac Lake, NY (2/24/1992) *
Anders Johnson, Park City, UT (4/23/1989) *

Women’s Ski Jumping
Sarah Hendrickson, Park City, UT (8/1/1994)
Jessica Jerome, Park City, UT (2/8/1987)
Lindsey Van, Park City, UT (11/27/1984)

Nordic Combined
Billy Demong, Vermontville, NY (3/29/1980) *
Todd Lodwick, Steamboat Springs, CO (11/21/1976) *
Bryan Fletcher, Steamboat Springs, CO (6/27/1986)
Taylor Fletcher, Steamboat Springs, CO (8/11/1990) *

* Competed in past Olympics

Release courtesy of USSA

SR Staff

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