Freeman, Swenson Head Up U.S. Cross-Country Team
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Kris Freeman and three-time Olympian Carl Swenson were among the 17 skiers named yesterday to the U.S. cross-country Olympic team.
Freeman, a diabetic who self-injects insulin six or eight times a day, has posted the best results for an American since the Bill Koch era two decades ago, with a fifth- and sixth-place finish in World Cup events in 2004.
Swenson anchored the relay team that finished fifth, the best performance by a U.S. squad, at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002.
Of the 10 men and seven women named to the 2006 team, five men and three women competed in Salt Lake City.
Also named to the men's team were Chris Cook, Justin Freeman (Kris's brother), Lars Flora, Andrew Johnson, Torin Koos, Andy Newell, James Southam and Leif Zimmermann.
The women's team is Rebecca Dussault, Sarah Konrad, Abigail Larson, Kikkan Randall, Wendy Wagner, Lindsey Weier and Lindsay Williams.
Six-time World Cup winner Todd Lodwick and former sprint world champion Johnny Spillane were among those named to the U.S. Nordic combined team, which was announced Monday night.
Lodwick, 29, will be competing in his fourth Olympics in the Nordic combined, in which athletes compete in both cross-country skiing and ski jumping. Joining him on the team are twins Brett and Eric Camerota, Bill Demong and Carl Van Loan.
The ski jumping team will include Alan Alborn, Jim Denney, Anders Johnson, Clint Jones and Tommy Schwall.