Contact: Laura Sullivan


CUMMINGTON, Massachusetts. January 19th 2017 - The U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) is excited to announce that a team comprised of USCSA nordic skiers will represent the United States at the 2017 Winter World University Games in Almaty, Kazakhstan January 29th to February 8th.

The World University Games is the second largest international multi-sport competition, trailing only the Olympic Games. This winter, college athletes from around the world will compete in 12 sports over the 11 days of competition. With the motto “Excellence in Mind and Body,” the Games will also include cultural and education aspects, giving athletes a unique learning opportunity while competing against the best college athletes from around the world.

Athletes for the United State’s World University Games Nordic ski team were selected based on the 2016 USCSA Nationals results. Honoring the USCSA spirit of team competition, the top overall Nordic team from the event was given births for three men and three women. Following that, the next three fastest men and three fastest women at the event, from any team, were also invited. Finally, two additional spots per gender were awarded based upon submitted applications.

“We’re super excited to be taking such a diverse team from so many different schools within USCSA! This competition is an incredible opportunity for these athletes to compete on a world stage,” said team leader Chrsti Boggs.

“It is very exciting to see the recognition of the quality of competition that exists within the USCSA and we are excited to have our athletes represent our organization and country in the World University Games!” said USCSA President Andy Rangen.

Qualifying for the Men’s team are William Timmons, Samuel Wiswell, and Samuel Wiswell from the University of Wyoming; Cameron Moore and Kevin Geisen from Western State Colorado University; Leif Hanson from St Olaf College; Mitchell Hollman from the United States Air Force Academy; and Imran Wolfenden from Oregon State University Cascades. The Women’s team qualifiers are Elise Sulser, Yara Thomas, and Meghan Kent from the University of Wyoming; Sierra Jech from State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and  Forestry; Sierra Foster and Helen Cutting from Oregon State University Cascades; and Emma Malmquist from Colorado Mesa University. Joining team leader Christi Boggs are head coach Rachel Watson, and assistant coach Kyle Bochanski. Tom Jorgenson will be Head Wax Coach, with Sindre Solvang and Isaiah St. Pierre as wax technicians.

The USCSA is the sports federation for collegiate team ski racing and snowboarding in America. The USCSA believes that student-athletes of all levels and abilities should have access to quality and exciting venues of competition. Team performance is emphasized within the USCSA, a departure from the typical individual or world cup scoring format often found in skiing. USCSA athletes agree that this team orientation fosters a team approach across their collegiate athletic and academic careers, and often the mentality proves indispensable in their adult lives and careers. The organization includes 150 colleges from coast to coast, fielding over 4,500 male and female, alpine, freestyle, cross-country, snowboarding and nordic ski jumping athletes in over 300 events annually.

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