2018 U.S. National Orienteering Team Announced

Announcement from the 2018 Selection Committee of Victoria Campbell, Peggy Dickison, Kristin Hall, Patrick Nuss, Erik Weyman.

The National Foot Orienteering Team Selection Panel received applications from 13 athletes for the National Foot Orienteering Team this year.  All 13 were placed on the team.

Elite:

Greg Ahlswede, Giacomo Barbone, Eric Bone, Tori Borish*, Alison Crocker*, Will Enger, Morten Jørgensen, Jordan Laughlin, Anton Salmenkyla

Performance:

Alison Campbell, Amanda Johansson

Development:

Evalin Brautigam, Tyra Christopherson, Sydney Fisher, Michael Laraia*

* Three athletes were added or promoted in late July. See the National Team page for announcement.


According to OUSA Rules of Competition section G.1.6.2, Senior Team selection is based on:

a. The results of national and international competition.
b. Dedication to the sport of Orienteering.
c. Demonstration of sporting attitude.

From the OUSA website, Criteria for Selection to the Senior Team:

Selection is based on those who submitted Athlete Agreements, indicating their desire to be named to the Sr. Team. From that pool, National meet and international M/F-21+ performances during the preceding year were used to divide the members into Elite, Performance and Development teams.

  • Senior Elite Team — athletes who consistently produce top-level U.S. results in F21/M21.
  • Senior Performance Team — athletes who frequently produce strong U.S. results in F21/M21, at or near the level of the Elite Team.
  • Senior Development Team — athletes who have demonstrated potential to reach Performance/Elite level with further training and experience.

Selection Guidance from the Executive Steering Committee (ESC):

  • Athletes who are turning 21 may be placed on the Development Team based on their results in F-20/M-20.
  • Previously, an athlete could progress from the Development team to the Performance Team, to the Elite Team and back to the Performance Team, but never back to the Development Team. Based on feedback from the athletes and the panel that this requirement was overly constraining with little real benefit to the athletes or the Team, the ESC has removed this guidance in 2018. This change made the selection committee more comfortable placing younger athletes at the Elite and Performance levels.
  • There is a 1-year grace period to remain on a team if there are extenuating circumstances (prolonged illness/injury, major life changes).

Explanation of the panel’s application of rule G.1.6.2 and the selection criteria in selecting the team:

Subjective criteria: The panel assumed that unless evidence existed to the contrary, athletes who applied are dedicated to improving themselves as competitive orienteers and demonstrate a sporting attitude that will make them worthy representatives of Orienteering USA and the United States. We did not find any reason to question the dedication or sporting attitude of any applicants; all satisfied the criteria in G.1.6.2.b and G.1.6.2.c.

Objective criteria: The panel next turned to national and international competition results at the elite level (F21/M21, WREs, other races as submitted by the applicants) to name athletes to three teams (or not at all):

Although the language in the Criteria for Selection to the National Team focuses on U.S. results, we included international results as per Orienteering USA Rules for Competition G.1.6.2.a, which was helpful in considering how to place athletes racing primarily overseas.

In placing athletes, we looked at where the clear “break points” were in OUSA and WRE ranking:

  • We named seven athletes to the Elite team who are top-ranked US orienteers either in national races or in WREs.
  • We named three athletes to the Performance team who compete primarily at the F21/M21 level and have some results at or approaching that of elite team athletes.
  • We named three athletes with demonstrated potential, especially those just transitioning to F21/M21 with limited or inconsistent elite results, to the Development team.

This year the panel will reconvene after the spring season, review training logs and 2018 performance, and will consider late spring promotions as appropriate.

Future: With the transition to urban and forest WOC, the panel is also interested in understanding athletes' intended long-range training goals and specialization. We request further guidance from the ESC about prioritization of urban vs. forest specialists, recognizing that the 2020 team will compete in the first urban WOC.

-- posted 16 January 2018
updated 6 August 2018