U23 World Championships
The U23 World Championships bring together some of the best under 23 cross country athletes in the world. The event is generally held in conjuction with the World Junior Championships. The 2014 U23 Championships will be held in Val di Fiemme, Italy, site of last season's FIS Nordic Ski World Championships.
2014 U23 World Championships Selection Criteria
Eligibility for Consideration
The USSA will consider for selection only those USSA members in good standing who have a valid U.S. passport, a valid FIS license and who meet FIS minimum eligibility standards.
Athletes finishing in the top-30 of an individual World Cup event shall be selected to the team, unless application of this criterion would result in a total of more than six (6) selections per gender, in which case USSA shall use the following tie-breaking mechanisms in order:
Up to two (2) athletes per gender shall be selected to the team based solely upon their FIS competition results (FIS points) held during the objective selection period. Male athletes achieving (2) FIS point results under 30 FIS points and female athletes achieving (2) FIS point results under 30 FIS points in any FIS race between January 9 and December 31, 2013.
The following tie-breaking mechanisms in order:
If fewer than five (5) athletes per gender are selected to the team based upon both the objective criteria listed above and coaches’ discretion, then USSA shall ensure that it fields a representative team by selecting as many additional athletes as may be necessary to bring the total team size up to, but not limited to, five (5) athletes per gender based on an athlete’s best two individual U.S. Cross Country Championship races during the selection period, as indicated above, using the World Cup scoring system outlined in the USSA Competition Guide. The tie-breaking procedure is also outlined in the USSA Nordic Competition Guide.
Discretionary Selection Policy
The number of individuals selected through coaches’ discretion cannot exceed 25% of the total named team. If the coaching staff fills any available spots on the team using discretion, then the staff may consider any factors including (but not limited to) the following:
An athlete shall be ineligible for consideration for team selection or start rights if he/she is not fit to compete at the time selections are made due to any injury or illness from which he/she is not expected to recover adequately by the time of the 2014 U23 Championships.
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