Hauser, Stein boost U.S. Telemark National Team

THE UNITED STATES TELEMARK Ski Association has announced the 2007-08 national team.
Leading the group of A racers are two of the youngest members — Drew Hauser from Silverthorne, Colorado, and Brett Stein from Wayland, Massachusetts.  The two youngsters were the first Americans to reach a podium in the Junior World Championships in March in Thyon, Switzerland. Hauser took a bronze and a silver as well as third place overall, and Stein took a bronze in the classic race.

Joining them are Shane Anderson of Cody, Wyoming, who had several top-10 World Cup results last year, and Eric Lamb of Whitefish, Montana. Kelsey Schmid-Sommer, also of Whitefish, is the women’s representative on the A squad. The team will be without the veteran leadership of Matt Macartney (brother of U.S. alpiner Scott) and Glenn Gustafson, as they have decided to retire.

The B team consists of David Hobbs of Whitefish; Ken Recker (out for the season, injured) of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Peter McMahon of Whitefish; and Joel Nylander of Salt Lake City, Utah. The women’s B group includes Lorin Paley of Steamboat Springs; Heidi Fehlheber of Whitefish; Jeannine Poucel of Seattle, Washington; and Suzanne Pattinson of Spokane, Wash. Named to the development team for 2007-08 are Team Summit member Max Shefte-Jacobs and Erika Walters of Steamboat Springs.

The team has very high goals for the season as it moves from what has historically been a veteran squad to a younger group of elite athletes. “We should be able to compete for second place in the Nations Cup,” said Shane Anderson. It’s going to take a while for the team to compete with the Norwegians, but with the young athletes, the prospects are good. “Not only is the team getting much younger, but the competition at the junior level has really picked up,” said U.S. Telemark’s Director of Events and part-time coach, Tory Hauser. “When Lorin and Erika start getting consistent results, the women’s team can be one of the best in the world.”

U.S. telemark A team

Drew Hauser, 18, Silverthorne, Colo.
Brett Stein, 17, Wayland, Mass.
Shane Anderson, 27, Cody, Wyo.
Eric Lamb, 25, Whitefish, Mont.
Kelsey Schmid-Sommer, 31, Whitefish, Mont.

U.S. telemark B team

David Hobbs, 18, Whitefish, Mont.
Peter McMahon, 36, Whitefish, Mont.
Joel Nylander, 44, Salt Lake City, Utah
Suzanne Pattinson, 28, Spokane, Wash.
Jeannine Poucel, 37, Seattle, Wash.
Heidi Fehlheber, 32, Whitefish, Mont.
Lorin Paley, 15, Steamboat Springs, Colo.

U.S. telemark development team
Max Shefte-Jacobs, 16, Golden, Colo.
Erika Walters, 15, Steamboat Springs, Colo.

2007-08 Telemark World Cup schedule

January
FRA 10, 11 & 12 : 2 CL & 1 SP Montchavin-La Plagne
SLO 16 & 17 Kobla
CZE 19 & 20
NOR 24 – 26 Rjukan
FIN 29-31
March
USA 9-12 Sugarbush
CAN 14-16 Mount Blanc
19-23 Mount Edouard, WC and WC Finals

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