Luke Brown Qualifies for World Cup
Crosscut athlete Luke Brown has qualified to race the North American Sprint Tour for the FIS Nordic World Cup, racing in Quebec City and Minneapolis MN! Luke will race alongside fellow Crosscut teammates, Hannah Cole and Felicia Gesior.
After skiing for and graduating from Dartmouth, Luke moved to Bozeman to continue pursuing his athletic dreams at a high level. In his first year with the Crosscut Elite Team, he had three top-15 results for Americans at XC Ski Nationals, raced for US Biathlon at Open European Championships and an IBU Cup, and earned start spots for Team USA at the domestic XC Ski World Cups in Quebec City and Minneapolis.
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 our athlete's World Cup experience!