As excitement grows for the first World Cup races in Kuusamo, Finland, the U.S. Ski Team stands as one of the most talented and experienced teams America has ever fielded internationally. It’s the same crew of high-end skiers we saw challenge the world’s best last year with a few exceptions, including the departure of Holly Brooks and the addition of a D-team, with members Ben Saxton and Paddy Caldwell.
Despite the team’s overall experience, it has coped with both injury and Olympic fatigue the last several months since the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. And some people might wonder:
- Will Kikkan Randall earn her fourth-straight Sprint World Cup title?
- Will the team medal at the FIS Nordic World Championships in Falun, Sweden?
- Will the U.S. men rise to the standard set by their female teammates in past years?