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 Cross Country Club of the Year Awardî from the United States Ski and Snowboard Association in 2007 and 2012.
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.
CXC Team Alumni Athletes
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)
- 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
- 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.
- 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)
IMPORTANT NOTE:Athletes that do not qualify by the published qualification criteria can be accepted to the CXC Team but will be subject to the program fee based on their standing on the overall USSA final points list or coaches discretion. A $3,500 program fee will be charged for the athletes in the top 30 on the overall USSA final points list (about 50% of training/racing expenses for a year). A $7,000 program fee will be charged for all other athletes (about 100% of training/racing expenses for a year).
- 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)
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.
Athletes can qualify to receive up to $2,000 on reimbursement basis towards expenses (travel, room and board) associated with participating in the Training Camp prior to the World Championships if approved by the Head Coach.