The CXC TEAM was officially established in 2007 as a way to provide support to athletes who showed potential and drive to progress toward athletic excellence at the National and the International level of competition.
Since that time, CXC TEAM athletes have won multiple US National Championships, Super Tour Events, American Birkiebeiners, and the National Nordic Foundation Cup! Many CXC TEAM athletes have also represented the US at the Junior World Championships, the U23 World Championships, the World Cup, the World Championships, and the Winter Olympic Games. Some of these athletes have stepped on to the podium at these events and also been named to the US Ski Team.
The CXC TEAM has also been awarded the Cross Country Club of the Year Award from the United States Ski and Snowboard Association in 2007 and 2012.
One of the CXC Team goals is to provide coaching, training, and modest financial support to a select few individuals that possess the talent, drive, and dedication to pursue a goal of international excellence at either the J1 Scando Cup, the Junior Worlds, the U23 Worlds, the World Cup, the World Championships, or the Winter Olympic Games.
Another goal of the CXC Team is to develop athletes that are ambassadors and role models. Athletes that spread awareness, knowledge, and enthusiasm in promoting a healthy lifestyle for our sport is part of the CXC vision.
New this year, CXC Team will be partnering with the Olympic Training Site in Marquette, MI to provide full time, high level training opportunities. Athletes that take advantage of this option will have access to great training, full ski testing lab, athletic training services, and schooling options. Team members will also have opportunity to participate in special team camps scheduled throughout year. Athletes may live in other areas but they are expected to attend a designated amount of team camps and team functions. The intent of this option is to provide team training and support experience with individual attention and then an opportunity to be home to train and work independently if so desired.
CXC Team Alumni Athletes
CXC Team Alumni Coaches
2007-2010 / Bryan Fish (Currently U.S. Ski Team Development Coach)
2010-2012 / Jason Cork (Currently U.S. Ski Team Man's Coach)
2010-2012 / Gus Kaeding (Currently SMS T2 Head Coach)
2009-2014 / Igor Badamshin
20012-2014 / William Pierce (Currently Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center Nordic Director)
Senior athletes (top 3 on/in the SuperTour final list or the U.S. National Championships, top 10 on the overall USSA final points list of 2016, member of a World Championship or Olympic Team)
- U23 athletes (member of a Junior World or a U23 World Championship Team, podium finisher (top 3) at Junior National Championships, or a top 10 finisher at NCAA Championships)
- Coaches Discretion
IMPORTANT NOTE: Athletes that do not qualify by the published qualification criteria can be accepted to the CXC Team but will be subject to the program fee based on their standing on the overall USSA final points list or coaches discretion. A $3,500 program fee will be charged for the athletes in the top 30 on the overall USSA final points list (about 50% of training/racing expenses for a year). A $7,000 program fee will be charged for all other athletes (about 100% of training/racing expenses for a year).
Training Camps Attendance Requirements, All Athletes
- 70% base level of minimum camp days attendance
- 50% base level if athlete ranked top 10 on the USSA final sprint or distance list or FIS fair equivalent if athlete is racing outside U.S. all winter
- July 5 -July 11, Central REG (Marquette, MI)
- October 12-28 Altitude Training Camp(TBD)
- Late November/Early December USSA SuperTour (Western Block)
- December 26 - January 11, 2016 U.S. National Championships, (Park City, UT)
- January 15- February 22, USSA SuperTour and Marathons (Central Block)
- March 28- April 8, SuperTour Finals (Fairbanks, AK - For qualified athletes)
Detailed Schedule will be known after national calendar is set at USSA Congress in May.
CXC Team will now be running an open contract supplier system for skis, boots and poles for all athletes. Athletes will be able to work with brands they have established relationships. The team will remain supported by specific brands for other equipment types.
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- Professional Coaching
- Monthly Training Camps
- Race service to select competitions:
+ Western SuperTours
+ U.S. National Championships
+ Central SuperTours
+ American Birkiebeiner
+ SuperTour Finals/ U.S. Distance National Championships (If performance criteria is met)
- Training/Travel Stipend
This stipend is available to athletes ranked in the top 10 on the end of the year NRL lists (sprint or distance) or achieve a podium at US Nationals. Athletes are eligible to receive, on reimbursement basis, stipend to be applied towards expenses that will benefit athlete performance and approved by the Head Coach.
- Sports Science
+ 2-3 times a year sports science testing and biomechanics analyses on rollerski treadmill (VO2 Testing, Lactate Testing, Upper Body Power Output)
+ Access to and Individual use of the roller ski treadmill for training and technique
+ Access to and Individual use of Power Pole for training, technique efficiency, and testing
+ Access to and individual use of CXC altitude tent.
- Equipment (provided by CXC Team sponsors and suppliers)
(if approved by Head Coach)
Athletes who qualify to compete in the J1 Scando Cup, Junior World Championships, U23 World Championships, World Cup, World Championships, or Winter Olympic Games are eligible for stipends.
Athletes can qualify to receive up to $2,000 on reimbursement basis towards expenses (travel, room and board) associated with participating in the Training Camp prior to the World Championships if approved by the Head Coach.