The U.S. Standing Team Selection Committee (Kris Beecroft, Vladimir Gusiatnikov and Kristin Hall) is pleased to announce the selection of the following orienteers for the 2011 U.S. Orienteering Team (Foot-O):
A - Men: Eric Bone (COC), Ross Smith (CSU)
A - Women: Alison Crocker (CSU), Samantha Saeger (NEOC), Sandra Zurcher (RMOC, OLG Bern)
B - Men: Eddie Bergeron (SVO), Boris Granovskiy (CSU), Jordan Laughlin (USMAOC), Wyatt Riley (DVOA), Matt Scott (DVOA), Sergei Zhyk (HVO)
B - Women: Pavlina Brautigam (WCOC), Erin Nielsen (UNO)
C - Men: Leif Anderson (RMOC), Nikolay Nachev (COC), Mikell Platt (LROC), Ken Walker Jr. (CSU)
C - Women: Hannah Burgess (USMAOC), Alex Jospe (CSU), Cristina Luis (DVOA), Ekaterina Orekhova (CSU), Angelica Riley (DVOA), Karen Williams Middleton (CSU)
Selection is based on A-meet M/F21 performances during the preceding year with preference given to championship events, the Team Trials, and rankings. In the case of potential members living abroad, the committee considers their known competition results and training regimens. It is from this list -- which is sub-divided into A, B, and C -- that orienteers are eligible to represent Orienteering USA in IOF-sanctioned elite events.
The criteria for placement on the A, B and C lists are:
"A" list: Those who, if we were naming a squad now for a major international competition, would almost certainly be included.
"B" list: Those from whom you could reasonably expect the rest of the major international squad to come.
"C" list: Those who lack fitness due to injury, experience, or consistency to regularly challenge those on the "A" or "B" lists, although they can and do on any given day.
Congratulations to all who have been named to the team, especially those who are on the team for the first time! Train hard and win!