Felicia Gesior Qualifies for World Cup
Felicia moved to Bozeman during the summer of 2018 to get a taste of living in the mountains. She has fallen in love with the outdoor community in Bozeman and continues her passion for racing with the Crosscut Mountain Sports Center. You can also find Felicia is the classroom where she enjoys her work as a substitute teacher. She loves sharing her joy for active living with the young minds she is privileged to work with.
Felicia is enchanted by the lifestyle that being a professional athletes allow her. She thrives training hard in a team atmosphere while pushing herself to gain personal goals. Highlights from Felicia’s ski career include competing at U23 World Championships in Romania 2016, racing at the OPA Cup Finals in Spain 2018 and being part of the China City Sprint tour in 2019. She is also proud of her 2018 Classic American Birkebeiner win. Her latest accomplishment is completing the Swedish Vasa Loppet 90k race this month. At the World Cup, she'll be skiing alongside teammate Hannah Cole.
For Crosscut’s first season venturing into elite programming in both nordic and biathlon we had a vision of working to develop athletes to the highest levels of competition. To have athletes with the ability and determination already to be making these steps is pretty incredible, and it speaks volumes to the work that each of these individuals has been doing on their own and as a group. We couldn’t be prouder to see Hannah getting an opportunity like representing Crosscut and the US at the FIS World Cup level.
A pilot program for the 2019/2020 season, Crosscut's Elite Team provides training resources to Biathletes and Nordic Skiers over the age of 18 who aspire to compete at the highest level of their sport. With collaboration from US Paralympics Nordic Skiing, we have effectively facilitated development for eight full-time high performance athletes. In the first year, we have qualified Bozeman athletes for IBU World Junior Championships, IBU Open European Championships, IPC World Cups, and now FIS World Cup races.
Crosscut’s Elite Program surfaced for the 2019/2020 season to meet a community need. In a collaborative fashion, we have found unprecedented success with significant improvements from biathletes and cross-country skiers and representation at the international level in IBU and IPC competitions. Hannah’s qualification for the FIS World Cup Sprint Tour adds another level of international competition to our team’s impressive rookie resume. Each performance is a representation of Bozeman and Crosscut’s culture and joy for outdoor pursuits.
Stay tuned for highlights from Felicia and Hannah’s World Cup experience!