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Dec 1 - Australian Team Plans
Mar 18 - Final World Cup Rankings Look to the 2003/2004 Team Reports
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March 18 - Final World Cup Rankings
Well that's it, the World Cup season is over. Sorry, there was no Australian perspective on the movers and shakers contending the World Cup this season, however there should have been enough english reports on other websites to keep those interested informed. Here are the final World Cup rankings for season 2003/2004:
Overall World Cup - Men1 GER 956 Rene Sommerfeldt 2 SWE 606 Matthias Fredriksson 3 NOR 592 Jens-Arne Svartedal
Overall World Cup - Women1 ITA 1228 Gabriella Paruzzi 2 NOR 1139 Marit Bjoergen 3 UKR 983 Valentina Shevchenko
Sprint World Cup - Men1 SWE 410 Tobias Fredriksson 2 NOR 381 Jens-Arne Svartedal 3 NOR 337 Harvard Bjerkeli
Sprint World Cup - Women1 NOR 745 Marit Bjoergen 2 ITA 358 Gabriella Paruzzi 3 SWE 330 Anna Dahlberg
Distance World Cup - Men1 GER 903 Rene Sommerfeldt 2 SWE 569 Matthias Fredriksson 3 NOR 558 Frode Estil
Distance World Cup - Women1 UKR 983 Valentina Shevchenko 2 ITA 870 Gabriella Paruzzi 3 EST 839 Kristina Smigun
December 1 - Australian Team Plans
2003/2004 International Program Plans (Excerpts from the Spring 2003 Edition of Australian Cross Country News)
The coming international season will be a very busy one for the Australian Cross Country Ski Team. While there are no major championships at senior level, there will be about 16 members of the national senior and junior teams competing in over 30 separate FIS (International Ski Federation) international events in 8 countries. In a not-quite-so-quick summary, we will have skiers competing in 8-10 World Cup events; the World Junior Championships in Norway; the Intercontinental U23 Championships in the USA; four OPA Continental Cup events in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland; one Scandinavian Cup event; five NORAM Continental Cup events in Canada and the USA; five Swedish Cup events; the Swiss Championships; the USA Championships; the German Championships; FIS International events in Norway, Switzerland, and Austria; and three Worldloppet events. Not to mention club and other non-FIS races mixed in all over the place.
With limited resources at our disposal, Skiing Australia Cross Country wont be able provide support to team members at all these events. Our main focus will be on ensuring that the skiers on World Cup and at the World Junior Championships have the best opportunity to put good results on the board. However, wherever possible coaching support will be provided at other events in Europe.
Australia now has four skiers qualified for sprint World Cup: Paul Murray, Ben Sim, Esther Bottomley, and Ben Derrick. In addition, we have sought starts from FIS in distance World Cup for Ben Sim and Ben Derrick - our best distance skiers with results only just outside the qualification standard. Hopefully by the time this edition of XC News goes to print we will have confirmation of these starts from FIS; if not, those skiers will just have to qualify directly, as they are planning to do anyway. NSWIS cross country coach Nick Almoukov will join the coaching crew for some of these World Cup events, and we will also have some technical support on World Cup from Toko, who have taken over from Yoko as our main uniform/equipment sponsor. Our initial goals for these World Cups are to achieve results in the top 80% of the field, which will be the first step towards qualifying for the 2006 Winter Olympics. For Paul Murray, who made it under this standard last season, the goal is higher; top 60% of the field.
The 2004 World Junior Championships take place in Stryn, Norway, at the start of February. Ben Sim and Sally Cunningam have already achieved selection to these championships, and they may well be joined by younger NSW skiers Amy and Ewan Watson. Nick Almoukov will head up the coaching team for this event, supported by Allison McArdle. Dare we say it, with Ben's impressive results in 2003 a top 10 result is not out of the question. There is no doubt that these are exciting times for Australian cross country skiing.
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Click here for a list of the competitions targetted by Australian skiers this summer.