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    • European FIS Race Tour (B-TOUR) February 2015 - Team announcement and Selection Synopsis

      February 9, 2015

      The following athletes are selected to the European FIS race tour that will be competing in the Latvian National Championships and Scandinavian Cup races in Latvia and Estonia. The trip departed February 7 from Canada and February 9th from Almaty, Kazakhstan. The trip ends for some athletes in Helsinki on Feb.27. For qualifying athletes, the Tour will continue onto the Lahti, Finland World Cup March 7-8.

       
      Cendrine Browne Fondeurs Laurentides - CNEPH/NST
      Patrick Stewart-Jones Nakkertok - AWCA
      Alysson Marshall Larch Hills – AWCA/NST
      Michael Somppi Lappe Nordic – AWCA/NST
      Andrea Dupont RMR
      Kevin Sandau Foothills Nordic – AWCA/NST
      Dahria Beatty Whitehorse – AWCA/NST
      Andy Shields Lappe Nordic – T-Bay NDC
      Alexis Dumas Skibec – CNEPH/NST

       
      Selection Overview

      1. Trip Objectives:
        1. Podium and top 12 individual results in European FIS races;
        2. High level European race experience for the best +U23 athletes and the top ranked U23 athletes;
        3. Preparation and selection for World Cup events.
      2. Selection Events:
        1. 2014-15 November - December World Cups;
        2. Specified domestic selection events for Otepaa and Rybinsk WCs;
        3. Canadian FIS NorAm COC series including events up to the 9th of February 2015 which is the eligibility cut-off for the 3rd WC Period 2014-15;
        4. U23-WJC Championships.
      3. Athletes may be added from the WSC to this trip once athletes are finished competing at the WSC. These athletes do not impact the selection process and ranking; they are in addition to the selected athletes for this tour.
       
       
      Selection Process and Ranking


      1. The following athletes are selected to this trip in accordance with 9.8 of the Selection Criteria.

      Selection Priorities and Ranking:  Selection will be made in the following order of priorities, up to the maximum team size of 10 athletes:
       
      a) The NST Head Coach can recommend athletes to the HPD for selection based on discretionary factors such as force majeure, current WCT athletes and proven potential to score WC points. No recommendations were made.
       
      b) Any athlete attaining WC points in the November-December 2014-15 WC season. Emily Nishikawa and Jesse Cockney: both athletes declined (WSC selection).
       
      c) Athletes selected in accordance with the criterion for Otepaa (6.0) and Rybinsk (7.0) WCs. This includes U23-WJC athletes who may have declined these trips due to the U23/WJC. Cendrine Browne, Alysson Marshall, Patrick Stewart-Jones.
       
      d) The male and female leaders in the Haywood NorAm FIS COC Series (up to the end of FIS period #2). Michael Somppi and Emily Nishikawa. Emily declined (WSC selection).
       
      e) Athletes ranked in the top 12 at the U23 Championship. If there is more than one athlete, the athletes will be ranked according to best placing at this event. Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt. Olivia declined (WSC selection).
       
      f) Athletes ranked in the top 12 at the WJC. If there is more than one athlete, the athletes will be ranked according to placing at this event: No athletes met this standard.
       
      g) If a U23 athlete of either gender was not selected under 9.8 a-f, the top ranked U23 athlete of either gender may be selected. The NST Head Coach in collaboration with the NDC coaches can make a recommendation to the selection committee based on the U23 Championship results and the trip objectives: Knute Johnsgaard was nominated 14th U23 sprint final. Knute declined (CWG preference). The selection committee did not regard the results of the other U23 men to be at the anticipated level for selection to this trip.
       
      h) The first overall ranked Canadian male and female sprinters in the Haywood NorAm FIS COC Series (up to the end of FIS period #2). It is proposed that the series be ranked this way for 2014-15. Patrick Stewart-Jones and Andrea Dupont.
       
      i) The second overall ranked Canadian male and female in the Haywood NorAm FIS COC Series (up to the end of FIS period #2). Kevin Sandau and Heidi Widmer. Heidi declined the nomination.

       
      1. After completing the selection priorities and ranking in 9.8 of the selection criteria, the total number of athletes selected was six athletes. The selection committee viewed this as not enough athletes’ to meet the criteria objectives. The committee created the following discretionary process to add more athletes to the trip:

      a) The committee deemed it important in defining a new ranking process to base this process on the scheme of the criteria’s ranking list 9.8 – COC series ranking and U23/WJC results It was decided to use the following ranking: next ranked U23/WJC athlete compared to next overall ranked athlete on COC Series list.

      b) For this kind of discretionary selection, the committee did not consider it equitable to compare males and females for COC series rankings or U23/WJC placings as the fields are very different; hence it was decided to top up the current selected athletes of 3 males and 3 females to 5 males and 5 females.

      c) The committee decided that if these two ranking methods resulted in a conflict with either gender, then the committee would look to the trip objectives and long-term podium pathway benchmarks to see which athlete was most likely to meet trip objectives. 
       
       
      The following was the ranking list using this process for the additional selections.
       
       
      Women
      Men
      1
      Cendrine Browne
      Patrick Stewart-Jones
      2
      Alysson Marshall
      Michael Somppi
      3
      Andrea Dupont
      Kevin Sandau
      4
      Next ranked U23/WJC athlete compared to next  overall ranked athlete on COC Series list: Katherine Stewart-Jones (declined CWG preference)
      Next ranked U23/WJC athlete compared to next  overall ranked athlete on COC Series list: Andy Shields
      5
      Next ranked U23/WJC athlete compared to next overall ranked athlete on COC Series list: Dahria Beatty
      Next ranked U23/WJC athlete compared to next  overall ranked athlete on COC Series list: Alexis Dumas
       
      Explanation of ranking list:
      #4 women:  Katherine Stewart-Jones 14th WJC skiathlon was compared with Dahria Beatty (4th ranked women in COC series). In head to head NorAm racing seniors do not race against juniors in trials races; there were only 2 head to head NorAm races to compare results which was not deemed adequate for comparison. Katherine Stewart-Jones was nominated based on evaluation of the trip objectives.
       
      #4 man: Andy Shields (4th ranked man in COC series) and Alexis Dumas 18th WJC skiathlon were compared. In head to head NorAm racing seniors do not race against juniors in trials races; there were only 2 head to head NorAm races to compare results which was not deemed adequate for comparison. Andy Shields was nominated based on the trip objectives.
       
      #5 man: Bob Thompson (5th ranked man in COC series) and Alexis Dumas 18th WJC skiathlon. In head to head NorAm racing seniors do not race against juniors in trials races. There were only 2 head to head NorAm races to compare which was not deemed adequate for comparison. Given there are a minimal number of races to compare these 2 athletes and that Bob’s results are not indicative of top 12 results in the Scandinavian Cup races, Alexis Dumas was nominated based on meeting CCC’s long-term podium pathway marker of top 20 at WJC.
       
       
      Best Wishes from the selection committee to all the selected athletes and staff for a successful Tour in Latvia and Estonia,
       
      Christine Hicks              CCC High Performance Committee
      Jake Weaver                 CCC High Performance Committee
      St├ęphane Barrette          CCC Director of Coach and Athlete Development
      Thomas Holland            CCC Director of High Performance