2010 U.S. Standing Team for 
Foot Orienteering Announced

The U.S. Standing Team Selection Committee (Kris Beecroft, Vladimir Gusiatnikov and Kristin Hall) is pleased to announce the selection of the following orienteers for the 2010 U.S. Orienteering Team (Foot-O):

Men: Eric Bone (COC), Ross Smith (CSU)

Women: Samantha Saeger (NEOC), Sandra Zurcher (OLG Bern)

Men: Eddie Bergeron (SVO), Boris Granovskiy (CSU), Clem McGrath (DVOA), Wyatt Riley (DVOA,) Ken Walker Jr. (CSU)

Women: Pavlina Brautigam (WCOC)

Men: Leif Anderson (RMOC), Sergei Zhyk (DVOA)

Women: Viktoria Brautigam (WCOC), Alison Crocker (CSU), Cristina Luis (DVOA), Ekaterina Orekhova (CSU), Corinne Porter (DVOA), Hillary Saeger (NEOC)

Three additional athletes, who have already been contacted, will be added when they become current members of USOF.

Selection is based on A-meet M/F21 performances during the preceding year with preference given to championship events and the Team Trials, and rankings. In the case of potential members living abroad, the committee considers their known competition results and training regimens. It is from this list — which is sub-divided into A, B, and C — that orienteers are eligible to represent USOF in IOF-sanctioned elite events.
The criteria for placement on the A, B and C lists are:
  •  "A" list — Those who, if we were naming a squad now for a major international competition, would almost certainly be included.
  •  "B" list — Those from whom you could reasonably expect the rest of the major international squad to come.
  •  "C" list — Those who lack fitness due to injury, experience, or consistency to regularly challenge those on the "A" or "B" lists — although they can and do on any given day.
The IOF rules state that only citizens (passport holders) of the country they represent may compete in IOF events. Resident Aliens become eligible for the U.S. Standing Team if the date on which they become eligible for citizenship falls during the year in for which the team is selected. That date is five years from the date they receive their green card, and three years from the date of marriage for spouses of citizens.
Standing team members must be USOF members and are encouraged to attend all team meetings and training camps, are urged to assist with team fund raising events, are monitored and assisted by the team coaches, and are eligible for funding assistance to IOF events. It is noted that because the Team Trials (the competition from which the men's and women's teams are selected to represent USOF in the world championships) is an open competition, and because the top three men and women are automatic team members, it is possible that a USOF member who is not on the Standing Team could become one by placing in the top three at that event.
If for any reason someone selected for the 2010 team wishes for their name to be deleted, please contact the Team Administrator, Lex Bundschuh (unofam <at> aol <dot> com). Additional deserving orienteers may be added to the Standing Team during the course of the year at the discretion of the Selection Committee. Anyone not named to the team who believes that they should be based on recent results should contact the team selection committee and provide details to support their claim.

— U.S. Standing Team Selection Committee

January 20, 2010

(updated February 3, 2010)