Freeman leads XC Olympians


PARK CITY, Utah – Kris Freeman (Andover, N.H.), who has posted the best U.S. cross country skiing results since the Bill Koch era two decades ago, and three-time Olympian Carl Swenson (Park City, Utah) headline a group of 17 cross country skiers named Tuesday to the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team.Five of the men and three of the women were on the 2002 Olympic Team. All Olympic nominations submitted by the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding are subject to the approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee.Freeman, a diabetic who self-injects insulin six or eight times a day, is a former University of Vermont skier who won the first Under-23 championship in Italy in 2003 and finished fourth in the World Championships two weeks later. Swenson, a Dartmouth College graduate, anchored the men’s relay team, which finished a U.S.-record fifth at the 2002 Olympics.”This is a strong team, even stronger than we had four years ago,” USSA Nordic program director Luke Bodensteiner said. “Those who were rookies in Salt Lake have developed into real performers now, and our first-timers in 2006 are poised for some very noteworthy results themselves, which we can continue to build from.”The U.S. Olympic Cross Country Team will arrive in Turin to begin training Feb. 6.The 2006 U.S. Olympic Cross Country Team (previous Olympic experience included):MENChris Cook, 25, Rhinelander, Wis.Justin Freeman, 29, Andover, N.H.Kris Freeman, 25, Andover, N.H. (2002)Lars Flora, 28, Anchorage, Alaska (2002)Andrew Johnson, 28, Greensboro, Vt. (2002)Torin Koos, 25, Leavenworth, Wash. (2002)Andy Newell, 22, Shaftsbury, Vt.James Southam, 27, Anchorage, AlaskaCarl Swenson, 35, Park City, Utah (1994, 2002)Leif Zimmermann, 22, Bozeman, Mont.WOMENRebecca Dussault, 25, GunnisonSarah Konrad, 38, Laramie, Wyo.Abigail Larson, 32, Bozeman, Mont.Kikkan Randall, 23, Anchorage, Alaska (2002)Wendy Wagner, 32, Park City, Utah (2002)Lindsey Weier, 21, Mahtomedi, Minn. (2002)Lindsay Williams, 21, Hastings, Minn.

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