Clubs across the U.S. kept up intense training programs this summer. Most recently in Vermont, NENSA hosted the App Gap, allowing teams including SMST2 and Craftsbury to compete within their own safety bubble. For the 7.25k Classic App Gap Invitational, 68 skiers from seven local teams raced with an interval start. Sophie Caldwell and Ian Torchia of SMS T2 topped the podium for the women and men. NENSA has announced that with the success and safety compliance of this event they hope to host several more rollerski races this fall!

Listen as US XC Ski Team Head Coach Matt Whitcomb catches us up on the gains athletes made this summer. With this unique summer of less travel, athletes are able to train incredible quantities and higher loads.

A the US Ski Team looks ahead to this winter, Matt says they will “plan for the best, be adaptive if we need to.” We are looking forward to cheering on US skiers this winter!!!

Winter Expectations

U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced a restructuring of national level cross-country competitions for 20-21. Clubs and regions will now focus on developing high-quality regional racing. Junior National Championships, U.S. National Championships, Super Tour and Super Tour Finals have been cancelled for this season due to the pandemic. We are looking forward to a season of adaptation that will keep our athletes and our communities strong and healthy.

FIS will issue this season’s World Cup schedule on Sept. 30. For athletes intent on World Cup qualifications, the U.S. Ski Team announces they have created Discretionary Selection Review Committees to make team selections. They will return to criteria that focus principally on objective selection once the pandemic is over.

Read FasterSkier’s article for an in depth discussion with Chris Grover, Cross Country Program Director, and more on the selection to the 2021 Oberstdorf Nordic World Championships and 2020-21 World Cup races.

Drive for 25

October 15 – November 30

Each year, the Drive for 25 funds the NNF grassroots mission to get more racers to the start line and to the top of the results. Help us spread the word! Athletes and teams will join Sophie as an Ambassador to share the fundraiser with their communities!

More information will be sent out prior to the drive on how you and your team can set up a Drive for 25 page and become an Ambassador. There are challenges to help earn funds for teams and divisions as well.

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