Alpine Programs

World Championships

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 Vail/Beaver Creek in February, 2015. Criteria for those Championships are posted below.

Vail/Beaver Creek
Feb. 2-15, 2015

 


USSA CRITERIA FOR 2015 Alpine World Championships

2015 Alpine World Championship Selection Criteria

Vail/Beaver Creek, CO

February 2-15, 2015

1. TEAM SIZE

There will be a maximum of twenty-four (24) athletes representing the United States at the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships, with a maximum of fourteen (14) athletes per gender.

2. START RIGHTS

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 event under the Objective Criteria will be assured of a start in that event. Additional starts will be filled at the discretion of the coaching staff.

3. 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 2015 World Championships as verified by a member of the USSA Medical Staff. Such determination shall be at the discretion of the Alpine Director 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.

4. 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 2014-15 season from October 25, 2014 through January 25, 2015 (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 Super 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 an event shall be selected to the World Championships Team for that event, 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:

a. Ranked by total World Cup points in the event

b. Ranked by best FIS point result in World Cup races in the particular event (race points and penalty).

2) One or more top five (5) finishes. If fewer than 3 athletes are selected to the WSC Team for an event based upon criteria 4.A.1), then athlete with top five (5) World Cup finish in an event shall be selected to the World Championships Team for that event, 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:

a. Ranked by total World Cup points in the event

b. Ranked by best FIS point result in World Cup races in the particular event (race points and penalty).

3) One or more top ten (10) finishes. If fewer than 3 athletes are selected to the WSC Team for an event based upon criteria 4.A.1) and 4.A.2), then athletes with a top ten (10) World Cup finish in an event shall be selected to the World Championships Team for that event, 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:

a. Ranked by total World Cup points in the event

b. Ranked by best FIS point result in World Cup races in the particular event (race points and penalty).

4) Two or more top twenty (20) finishes. If fewer than three athletes are selected to the WSC Team for an event based upon the criteria 4.A.1) through 4.A.3) above, then athletes with two or more top twenty (20) World Cup finishes in that event may be selected to the World Championships 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 limit such selections accordingly by using the following tie-breaking mechanisms in order:

a. Ranked by total World Cup points in the event

b. Ranked by best FIS point result in World Cup races in the particular event (race points and penalty).

5) Three or more top thirty (30) finishes. If fewer than three athletes are selected to the World Championships Team for an event based upon the criteria 4.A.1) through 4.A.4) above, then athletes with three or more top thirty (30) World Cup finishes in that event, or with top thirty finishes in not fewer than fifty percent (50%) of the total number of World Cup competitions actually held for that event, shall be selected to the World Championships 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 limit such selections accordingly by using the following tie-breaking mechanisms in order:

a. Ranked by total World Cup points in the event.

b. Ranked by best FIS point result in World Cup races in the particular event (race points and penalty).

6) Total World Cup Points in an event. If fewer than two (2) athletes are selected to the World Championships Team for an event based upon the criteria 4.A.1) through 4.A.5) above, then the athlete with the highest total World Cup points in that event shall be selected to the World Championships Team. If two or more athletes tie for the highest total points, then the USSA shall use the following tie-breaking mechanism:

a. Ranked by best FIS point result in World Cup races in the particular event (race points and penalty).

b. If, after application of the foregoing criterion 4.A.6), fewer than two athletes have been selected to the team for an event, then criterion 4.A.6) shall be applied again, if possible (i.e. if there are remaining athletes with World Cup points), to ensure that a total of two athletes are selected to the team for the event.

B. Coaches’ Discretion:

Outstanding competition results (including any results from the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons).

1) Recent direction or trend of competition results (i.e. improving, flat, or declining). 2) Attitude and commitment of athletes. 3) Physical fitness level. 4) Illness or injury during the selection period.

5) Indicia of medal potential in future Olympic or World Championship competition that would be materially enhanced by selection to team. Athletes who have exhibited potential for success may be selected ahead of higher ranked athletes who are not improving.

6) Other unanticipated failure of objective criteria to select an athlete likely to achieve competitive results consistent with USSA program goals for Olympic Games and World Championships.

All discretionary selections will be documented and appropriate forms will be available for record keeping purposes. 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 will review all discretionary selections. 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 the best strategies to field a competitive team with high potential for success.

5. NATIONS TEAM EVENT SELECTION

The coaching staff from among the 2015 World Championships Team members will identify athletes selected to represent the USA in the World Championships Nations Team Event. These selections will consider the format of the event and will incorporate the best strategies to field a competitive team with high potential for success.

6. ANNOUNCEMENT OF SELECTIONS

Selections to the 2015 World Ski Championship team shall be announced on Wednesday, January 26, 2015 at the offices of the USSA in Park City, Utah and shall be published immediately upon announcement.

7. 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. The USSA Alpine Director will make this decision after consulting with the EVP, Athletics and the President and CEO of the USSA, the Head Coaches, and the USSA Medical Department. Should an additional athlete be considered, the procedures as outlined in section 4.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 World Championships.

8. MANDATORY TRAINING

Following the selection of the 2015 World Championships Team mandatory training camps may be organized in preparation for the World Championships. Dates, locations and organization of these training camps will be announced prior to final selection of the team.

 

 

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