'No matter what our results were skiing, our ultimate successes have been due to the experiences we had as elite skiers on the CXC Team.'

- Caitlin Compton Gregg, US Olympian, 2013, 2011 and 2014 American Birkebeiner Winner

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 ÒCross Country Club of the Year AwardÓ from the United States Ski and Snowboard Association in 2007 and 2012.

Cory Ellertson
Cory Ellertson

Hometown: Albert Lea, MN

Bjorn Batdorf
Bjorn Batdorf

Hometown: Duluth, MN

Bill Bowler
Bill Bowler

Hometown: Wausau, WI

Tom Bye
Tom Bye

Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN

Chris Pappathopoulos
Chris Pappathopoulos

Hometown: Two River, WI

Hilary Patzer
Hilary Patzer

Hometown: Ketchum, ID
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Nichole Bathe
Nichole Bathe

Hometown: Madison, WI

Nicolette Reker
Nicolette Reker

Hometown: Little Canada, MN

Natalia Naryshkina
Natalia Naryshkina

Hometown: St. Petersburg, RU

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About the Team

CXC Team - Racing 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.

The CXC Team has developed a camp structure consistent with many national teams. This camp structure consists of one camp per month from May through November. Each camp has a primary purpose and training focus. The camps last from 1-2 weeks. The intent 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.

Coaching Overview

by Bill Pierce, CXC Elite Team Coach

Coaching/Life Philosophy

CXC Team - Bill PierceThe training processes that we engage in must have a defined purpose. Individual passion comes from and is fired by the enjoyment of these processes. You also must have a vision and goals for these processes. Your goals, both individual and team, must be measurable and tracked. Each individual is encompassed by a mind, body, and spirit. Being balanced in all three will only enhance your enjoyment and success in this and any process in life.

There are only three ways to progress and get faster in this sport. Physical Training, perfecting Technic, and possessing the best Technical equipment are the three major factors. There are many important sub factors in each and the bottom line is; the fittest athlete, with the highest skilled technical efficiency, who is on the best equipmentÉ.is the fastest. Time (lots of it), Patience (lots of it), and Commitment (lots of it) is what it takes to be the best.

At CXC Skiing our resources for planning and tracking your goals and progression are excellent. Each season early assessments of your base aerobic and strength fitness will be measured for annual periodization planning. We will also assess both through technology and art, the efficiency of your technique, looking both at your ability to apply power and glide. Poling force power can be assessed through advanced tools and the experienced eyes of our coaching staff.

Some of the tools that CXC owns are:

• Running treadmills
• Roller ski treadmill
• Double and single poling machines

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    CXC Team Alumni Athletes

  • Laura VAlAas
  • Heather Zimmerman
  • Brian Cook
  • Maria Stuber
  • Garrott Kuzzy
  • Matt Liebsch
  • Audrey Weber
  • Kristina Owen
  • Johanna Winters
  • Jessie Diggins
  • Benjamin Lanin
  • Gus Kaeding
  • Santi Ocaritz
  • Carolin Ocaritz
  • Andre Watt
  • Tad Elliott
  • Alastair Duncan
  • Brooke Gosling
  • Kelly Chaudoin
  • Melissa Schwartz
  • Rebecca Dussault
  • Waylon Manske
  • Brian Gregg
  • Caitlin Compton-Gregg
  • Jennie Bender
  • Nichole Bathe
  • Doug Debold
  • Adam martin
  • Eric Wolcott
  • Karl Nygren

    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)

Qualification Criteria

- 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 2014, member of a World Championship or Olympic Team)

- U21 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)

- Junior athletes (member of a J1 Scando Cup or a Junior World Team, 1 top 5 finish or 2 top 10 finishes at the Junior National Championships)

- Coaches Discretion

Latest Program News

Training Camps Attendance Requirements, All Athletes

CXC Team - 70% base level of minimum camp days attendance = 45 days minimum
- 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 = 30 days min.

Team Schedule

- May 2-3, Team orientation and 5k Lakes Express Run, Madison and Muskegon
- May 4-7, Spring testing and technique assessments, Madison
(optional till later in the month)
- May 31-June 7, TBD/ Spring Skiing or Summer Volume (Hayward, WI)
- June 30-July 10, Central REG (Hayward, WI)
- July 31-August 9, Summer Volume (Houghton, MI)
- September 28-October 15, Altitude Camp (Park City, UT)
- October 16-30, On-Snow Camp (Canmore, AB)
- November 16-30, On- Snow Training and Racing(West Yellowstone, MT)
- December 1-8, USSA SuperTour (Western Block)
- January 1-10, 2015, U.S. National Championships, (Houghton, MI)
- January 15- February 22, USSA SuperTour and Marathons (Central Block)
- TBD, SuperTour Finals (For qualified athletes)


Domestic Support

- 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). Athletes are eligible to receive up to $1,500 in Training/Travel Stipend (on a reimbursement basis) 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)

International Support

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.

CXC Team Blog


  • World Cup Stipend
  • Pre World Championships/Olympic Games Training Camp Stipend


Online Application Form

Printable Application Form

Points of Contact

Bill Pierce, Head Coach - 612.590.1427
Andy Keller, Assistent Coach - 612.590-1739