SALT LAKE CITY -- The United States' cross-country Olympic
team will include two University of Utah students.
Torin Koos and Kristina Joder, both Utes, will join 14 other
athletes on the largest-ever U.S. cross-country skiing team. The
squad was announced Monday by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard
Koos is from Leavenworth, Wash., and Joder is from Landgrove,
Five of those picked have Olympic experience: John Bauer of
Duluth, Minn.; Carl Swenson of Boulder, Colo.; Patrick Weaver and
Justin Wadsworth of Bend, Ore.; and Nina Kemppel of Anchorage,
Alaska. Also selected were Lars Flora of Anchorage; Kris Freeman of
Andover, N.H.; and Andrew Johnson of Greensboro, Vt.
Joder, Wagner, and Kemppel will be joined on the women's team by
Kikkan Randall of Anchorage; Aelin Peterson of Fairbanks, Alaska;
Barb Jones of Bozeman; Tessa Benoit of South Pomfret, Vt.; Wendy
Wagner of Bozeman, Mont.; and Lindsey Weier of St. Paul, Minn.
The eight-man, eight-woman team was picked based on
international results from the past year, rather than from weeklong
trials that many other Olympic sports federations use.