Oct 21, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT
A glimpse into the potential U.S. Olympic Team in cross-country skiing came with the announcement of the National Team on Monday.
Three-time Olympian Kikkan Randall highlights a six-skier “A” Team and 11 National Team members overall (full lists below).
Randall and Jessie Diggins, another “A” Team member, became the first Americans to win a world championship in the sport on Feb. 24 when they took the team spring in Val di Femme, Italy.
The other members of the “A” Team are 2010 Olympians Holly Brooks, Andy Newell and Liz Stephen and Ida Sargent.
The cross-country World Cup season opens Nov. 29 in Kuusamo, Finland. The U.S. Olympic Team will be named in late January, selected primarily off World Cup results.
At the Sochi Olympics, U.S. cross-country skiers will look to win the nation’s second Olympic medal in the sport after Bill Koch‘s silver in 1976.
How much could the Olympic team resemble the National Team?
In 2010, all six members of the “A” Team made the 11-member Olympic team. The other five U.S. Olympians included two “B” Team members and three skiers who were not on the National Team.
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