Matt Gelso named to U.S. World Champs team
Truckee’s Matt Gelso is among the 16 cross-country athletes named by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to compete in the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Falun, Sweden, from Feb. 18-March 1.
Gelso, a former national junior champion with Far West Nordic as well as a national collegiate champion with the University of Colorado, is the only California athlete on the U.S. team. Gelso, who graduated from Truckee High in 2006, now lives in Idaho and races for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Olympic Development Team.
Gelso will be joined by Liz Stephen, Kikkan Randall, Jessie Diggins and Simi Hamilton. Randall and Diggins are the defending champions in the team sprint from 2013 in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
“There are good opportunities for us in bringing a big U.S. team to Falun,” said U.S. coach Chris Grover. “We have a mix of experienced World Cup skiers and some new faces looking to make their mark at the highest level.”
U.S. World Championships team
Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess, Bend, Ore.
Kyle Bratrud, Eden Prairie, Minn.
Erik Bjornsen, Winthrop, Wash.
Matt Gelso, Truckee, Calif.
Simi Hamilton, Aspen, Colo.
Noah Hoffman, Aspen, Colo.
Kris Freeman, Andover, N.H.
Andy Newell, Shaftsbury, Vt.
Rosie Brennan, Park City, Utah
Sadie Bjornsen, Winthrop, Wash.
Sophie Caldwell, Peru, Vt.
Jessie Diggins, Afton, Minn.
Caitlin Gregg, Minneapolis, Minn.
Kikkan Randall, Anchorage, Alaska
Ida Sargent, Orleans, Vt.
Liz Stephen, East Montpelier, Vt.
World Championships schedule
Feb. 18 — Opening Ceremony
Feb. 19 — Classic Sprint
Feb. 21 — Skiathlon
Feb. 22 — Freestyle Team Sprint
Feb. 24 — Women’s 10K Freestyle
Feb. 25 — Men’s 15K Freestyle
Feb. 27 — 4x10K Relay
Feb. 28 — 30K Women’s Classic Mass Start
March 1 — 50K Men’s Classic Mass Start
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