2010/2011 World Cup Season Begins

The 2010/2011 cross country skiing World Cup season begins on Saturday November 20 in Gallivare in Sweden. While twenty-one year old Callum Watson will be Australia’s sole competitor in the season opener, between now and the World Cup final in March another 7-8 Australian athletes are likely to make a World Cup appearance.

As winners of the FIS Australia-New Zealand Continental Cup Watson and Esther Bottomley have their own special World Cup quota places and have already decided which World Cups they will attend. For the rest of the team athletes selection for each event will be determined by one week before at the latest. In the World Cup schedule below some names have been slotted in based on a reasonable likelihood that the team quota won’t be exceeded, however in principle any World Cup qualified athlete can try out for selection in any World Cup event and specific criteria for each event has been circulated to all the team members.

Australian Team World Cup Plans 2010/2011

November 20-12 – Gallivare, Sweden
Men: Callum Watson
Women: None

December 4-5 – Dusseldorf, Germany
Men: Callum Watson
Women: Esther Bottomley

December 11-12 – Davos, Switzerland
Men: Callum Watson, others TBC by December 5.
Women: Esther Bottomley

December 18-19 – La Clusaz, France
Men: Callum Watson, Ewan Watson*
Women: None

December 31 – January 9 – Tour de Ski, Germany/Italy
Men: Callum Watson
Women: None

January 15-16 – Liberec, Czech Republic
Men: Callum Watson, others TBC by January 9.
Women: Esther Bottomley

January 22-23 – Otepaa, Estonia
Men: Callum Watson, Mark van der Ploeg*
Women: Esther Bottomley, Aimee Watson*

February 19-20 – Drammen, Norway
Men: Callum Watson, others TBC by February 12.
Women: Esther Bottomley, Aimee Watson*, others TBC by February 12.

March 12-13 – Lahti, Finland
Men: Callum Watson, others TBC by March 6.
Women: TBC by March 6

March 17-20 – Stockholm/Falun, Sweden
Men: Callum Watson
Women: Probably none.

* Indicates that selection is not confirmed.

It is not anticipated that any Australians will compete at the World Cup events in Kuusamo, Finland, or in Rybinsk, Russia.

FIS World Cup Calendar

FIS Cross Country Website

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