The ultimate in sport is to represent the USA in the World Championships or Olympic Winter Games. Athletes are named to those teams based on objective criteria, generally through FIS ranking and results in international competitions. The next World Championships will be held in St. Moritz, SUI in February, 2017. Criteria for those Championships are posted below.
St. Moritz, SUI
USSA CRITERIA FOR 2015 Alpine World Championships
2017 Alpine World Championship Selection Criteria
St. Moritz, SUI
February 6-19, 2017
1. USSA POLICY
The USSA policy mandates that World Ski Championship (WSC) team selection criteria shall be principally objective (or performance-based), that coaches’ discretion must be limited to no more than twenty-five percent (25%) of total named team and that all available start rights and team spots will not necessarily be filled.
2. TEAM SIZE
World Championship Team consists of twenty-four (24) athletes representing the United States, with a maximum of fourteen (14) athletes per gender.
3. START RIGHTS
Defending Champions Mikaela Shiffrin in Slalom and Ted Ligety in Giant Slalom will have a confirmed start right in that discipline on top of the 4 potential starters.
Up to four (4) male and four (4) female athletes may start for the United States in each discipline. The top two athletes to qualify in each discipline under criteria 5.A.1) through 5.A.6) will be assured of a start in that discipline. Additional starts will be filled at the discretion of the coaching staff.
4. ELIGIBILITY FOR CONSIDERATION
The USSA will consider for selection only those USSA members in good standing with valid U.S. passports, a valid FIS license and who meet FIS minimum eligibility standards. An athlete shall be ineligible for consideration if at the time selections are made he/she is not fit to compete due to any injury or illness from which he/she is not expected to recover adequately by the time of the 2017 WSC as verified by a member of the USSA Medical Staff. Such determination shall be at the discretion of the Alpine Director, Vice President of Athletics in consultation with the USSA Sport Science staff, Men’s or Women’s Head Coach, the Head Men’s or Women’s Alpine Team Physician and the Athlete’s designated physician.
5. TEAM SELECTION PROCEDURE AND CRITERIA
The coaching staff is responsible for applying the selection criteria set forth herein, subject to the approval of the Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of Athletics of the USSA. Objective selections shall be based on the results achieved by athletes in competitions held in the 2016-17 season from October 22, 2016 through January 29, 2017 (the “selection period”). Discretionary selections, if any, may be based on a variety of factors.
A. Objective Criteria:
Up to three (3) athletes for Men’s and Women’s Downhill, Men’s and Women’s Slalom, Men’s and Women’s Giant Slalom, Men’s and Women’s Super-G and up to two (2) athletes for Men’s and Women’s Alpine Combined shall be selected to the WSC Team based solely upon their competition results during the selection period. Criteria for objective selection shall be as follows, in order of priority:
1) One or more top three (3) finishes. Athletes with a top three (3) World Cup finish in that event shall be selected to the WSC Team, unless application of this criterion would result in a total of more than three (or two for Super Combined) objective selections for that event, in which case the USSA shall use the following tie-breaking mechanisms in order:
2) One or more top ten (10) finishes. If fewer than 3 athletes are selected to the WSC Team for that event based upon criteria 5.A.1), then athletes with a top ten (10) World Cup finish in that event shall be selected to the WSC Team, unless application of this criterion would result in a total of more than three (or two for Super Combined) objective selections in which case the USSA shall use the following tie-breaking mechanisms in order:
3) Total World Cup Points in an event. If fewer than two (2) athletes are selected to the WSC Team for that event based upon the criteria 5.A.1) through 5.A.2) above, then the athlete with the highest total World Cup points in that event shall be selected to the WSC Team. If two or more athletes tie for the highest total points, then the USSA shall use the following tie-breaking mechanism:
B. Coaches’ Discretion:
Outstanding competition results (including any results from the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons).
All discretionary selections will be documented and appropriate forms will be available for record keeping purposes. All discretionary selections will be reviewed by a discretionary selection review group comprised of the President and CEO, the Alpine Director, the Vice President of Athletics and the athlete representative from that sport who is a member of the USSA Board. If the USSA Board Athlete Representative is also a currently competing athlete then another athlete, who is not actively competing, will be selected by the Athletes’ Council at the Fall USSA Board Meeting to be the representative in this group.
6. NATIONS TEAM EVENT SELECTIONS
Athletes selected to represent the USA in the WSC Nations Team Event will be identified by the coaching staff from among the WSC Team members named using the above criteria. These selections will consider the format of the event and will incorporate strategies to field a team with high potential for medal success.
7. ANNOUNCEMENT OF SELECTIONS
Selections to the 2017 World Ski Championship team shall be announced on Monday, January 30, 2017 at the offices of the USSA in Park City, Utah and shall be published immediately upon announcement.
8. ATHLETE REPLACEMENT PROCEDURE
In the case that an athlete that has been selected to the team becomes injured or ill prior the World Ski Championships and is unable to compete, no replacement athlete will be named unless it is deemed that there is sufficient time to make a replacement without disrupting the competition or preparation of other athletes and that the additional athlete would have sufficient time to properly prepare for the competition. This decision will be made by the Alpine Director, Vice President of Athletics for the USSA after consulting with the President and CEO of the USSA, the Head Coaches, and the USSA Sport Science Department. Should an additional athlete be considered, the procedures as outlined in section 5.B. above will be followed to select that athlete. No athletes will be named to the team following the conclusion of mandatory training for or within five days of the start of the WSC.
9. MANDATORY TRAINING
Following the selection of the 2017 WSC Team mandatory training camps may be organized in preparation for the WSC. Dates, locations and organization of these training camps will be announced prior to final selection of the team.
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