Here’s what the next 100 days will look like for Team USA’s Beijing hopefuls

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Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins pass the baton during the cross country team free sprint final at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 21, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

Cross-country skiing

Jessie Diggins will look to defend her historic World Cup title when this year’s campaign kicks off in Ruka, Finland on November 26. The U.S. team can have up to eight men and eight women to qualify for Beijing, and the qualifying period runs from November 25 to January 16. Athletes who finish in the top eight in World Cup competition will have priority to be part of the team with the rest of the team selected according to criteria.

Curling

Curlers have the honor of competing in the first U.S. Olympic Team Trials, with the Mixed Doubles Curling Trials ending Oct. 31 in Eveleth, Minnesota. Next, the men’s and women’s team trials will take place Nov. 12-21 in Omaha, Nebraska, as John Shuster and his company try to defend their gold medal against PyeongChang. Team USA have already qualified a men’s and women’s team for the Games, and will have to secure their place in mixed doubles during a qualifier in December.

Figure skating

The 2021-22 figure skating season is off to a good start with major Grand Prix events such as the NHK Trophy (November 12-14) and the Rostelecom Cup (November 26-28) coming throughout the fall and into the early winter. The United States team has already qualified the maximum of three places in men, women and ice dance and two places in pairs. The United States also qualified for the team event. Athletes to fill these spots will be selected at the end of the US Championships Jan. 6-9. After a season disrupted by COVID-19 in 2020-21, athletes like Mariah Bell are eagerly awaiting a more typical schedule this year.

“I’m really excited this year to go to the international Grands Prix and compete and travel and feel a little more normal,” she said.

Freestyle skiing

Qualification methods vary among freestyle skiing disciplines, but athletes will earn points for quota spots through the World Cup schedule. The first rounds take place throughout the month of November and the qualification period ends on January 16. The US team will be selected based on both FIS points and Special Selection Events.

The United States team celebrates after beating Canada in a shootout in the women’s gold medal match at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games on February 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

Ice Hockey

Based on the world rankings, the United States have already qualified a men’s and women’s team for Beijing. The players that make up this squad will be very different on the men’s side as NHL players are once again eligible to participate for the first time since 2014 in Sochi. Three players have already been named to the team: Olympic medalist Patrick Kane and Seth Jones of the Chicago Blackhawks and Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs. On the women’s side, many of the same names are expected to return from the list that won gold at PyeongChang. The roster for the women’s team is expected to be revealed on January 1, with the men to follow on January 11.

Long track speed skating

The long trackers organize four World Cup events in November and December to earn quota places, up to nine per country. The full U.S. team will then be announced after the conclusion of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which were held Jan.5-9, 2022 in Milwaukee.

Sled

The United States team has prequalified a luge athlete for Beijing, Olympian Summer Britcher, due to her top-six placement at the world championships. Other American athletes can qualify by finishing in the top five on the World Cup circuit which opens on November 20 at the Olympic track outside Beijing. The qualification period to earn quota spots ends on January 10.

Nordic combined

The FIS World Cup season begins November 26 in Finland, but US athletes will have December 24 and 25 circled on their schedule for the US Olympic Team Trials. The winner of the events will automatically earn a place in Beijing, while the rest of the team will be selected on the basis of criteria. The United States can earn up to five quota spots during the qualifying period ending Jan. 16.

John-Henry Krueger competes in the Men’s 1,000m short track speed skating A final at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games on February 17, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

Short track speed skating

Short trackers can earn quota places at all four events on the World Cup calendar in October and November. Countries can send up to five quota places per gender if they also qualify a relay team, or three per gender otherwise. Athletes can then earn one of those spots for themselves at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Salt Lake City from December 17-19.

Skeleton

The skeleton world cup season kicks off on November 16 in Austria and the qualifying period ends on January 16 shortly after the season ends. Quotas will then be allocated via the World Cup ranking. The US team will be selected primarily based on the world rankings.

Ski jumping

Ski jumping is another sport with quotas allocated during the World Cup season – in this case including two years of results – with American athletes able to reserve their places in Beijing at the Olympic trials on December 24 and 25.

Snowboard

Snowboarders qualify through a system similar to freestyle skiing, in which individual disciplines have different methods and the US team is selected through world cup points and selection events. The World Cup season kicks off in November or December with the qualifying period ending on January 16. The sheer number of American events on the calendar is particularly exciting for Team USA fans, including two of the three halfpipe events, something Shaun White is busy training for. .

“We choose where we can ride and what we can do, but I feel like everyone is in the same position so we are all trying to make the most of it,” said the three-time champion. half-moon on October 19. “We’re here (in Switzerland) right now, I mean it’s so wonderful that Switzerland has allowed us to come and train in the mountains here and (we) take every safety precaution we can and yes it’s cool to see that the show goes on. “


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