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Discussion: US Senior Team Announced

in: Orienteering; General

Jan 25, 2020 1:35 AM # 
The Selection Committee is pleased to announce the following athletes have been accepted on to the US Senior Team. The athletes are as follows:

Elite: Greg Ahlswede, Alison Crocker, Morten Jørgensen, Anton Salmenkyla

Performance: Giacomo Barbone, Eric Bone, Tori Borish, Alison Campbell, Will Enger, Sydney Fisher, Åsne Skram Trømborg

Development: Joseph Barrett, Brigitte Bordelon, Evalin Brautigam, Julia Doubson, Martin Heir, Michael Laraia, Thomas Laraia, Tyra Christopherson

Congratulations to all the athletes!
--Peggy Dickison, on behalf of the Selection Committee (PD, Eric Weyman, Cristina Luis, Glen Tryson)
Jan 25, 2020 2:10 AM # 

Photos of the athletes with very brief bios
Jan 25, 2020 3:22 AM # 
Woo! Congratulations!
Jan 25, 2020 12:56 PM # 
Strong team and some great depth - congratulations!!
Jan 25, 2020 2:10 PM # 
You must have tough standards. I can't see Tori Borish not being elite and Julia Doubson not being at least one level higher. Ms Doubson has been winning national titles for about seven years now. I guess you all REALLY have to earn what you get in O-USA. Good for you.
Jan 25, 2020 7:25 PM # 
It's always a tough line to draw, Gord. We agree both women had some very impressive results (as did several other athletes). We plan to look at all the athletes after the spring or summer and promote those who we feel have performed at a higher level.
Jan 26, 2020 1:05 AM # 
I do not see Cat Dealer on the Team! What is going on??
Jan 26, 2020 1:36 AM # 
Cat Dealer did probably not apply to be on team. Some may have other priorities or plans for 2020.
Jan 26, 2020 1:55 AM # 
Cat Dealer had not applied. He will be submitting an application very soon, however.
Jan 26, 2020 2:47 AM # 
I just want to point out that the three groups on the Team are not a strict hierarchy, which many people may not realize. That is, Performance is not "higher" than Development (though, yes, Elite is "highest"). The difference between P & D is not ability or performance, but future potential. We have previously seen and expect to see in the future some of the D athletes make it to the Elite level, some perhaps even bypassing P.
Jan 26, 2020 12:16 PM # 
I'm curious, other than title and recognition, are there any differences between being named to the different teams? Differences in levels of support, etc.?
Jan 26, 2020 2:06 PM # 
Congrats to all and here’s to a successful 2020
Jan 26, 2020 11:05 PM # 
Congrats, athletes!

Thank you, committee, for your continued hard work with this.
Jan 27, 2020 10:23 PM # 
Canadian: thanks for your interest! There are a few differences, perhaps most notably that when we have travel funds, there is a different percent people can receive based on their tier.
Jan 27, 2020 11:42 PM # 
Thank you to the committee for your behind the scenes work! A great service to the team and to the US orienteering community!

Thanks for clarifying the Performance/Development distinction.
May 16, 2020 10:44 PM # 
I'm pleased to announce that Peter Zakrevski has been named to the Sr. Development Team. (A week or two back .. sorry for the delay.)
Congratulations and welcome Peter!

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