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2024 Cross Country Junior World Championships, U23 Team Announced 

By Leann Bentley - Stifel U.S. Ski Team
January, 17 2024
Johnny Hagenbuch
Johnny Hagenbuch competes earlier this season in a FIS Cross Country World Cup. (Nordic Focus)

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has formally announced the 22 athletes representing the United States at the upcoming 2024 FIS World Junior and Under-23 Ski Championships held in Planica, Slovenia, Feb. 5-11, 2024.

The 2024 World Junior and U23 Ski Championships welcome the top junior and U23 cross country skiers from around the nation, including current B and D Team athletes on the Stifel U.S. Cross Country Ski Team roster, to a world class venue to compete against the best in the world. Included in the group is two sixth-year veterans of this event, Novie McCabe and Johnny Hagenbuch, and multi-time top-10 World Juniors athlete Sammy Smith, who just completed the entire Tour de Ski at only 18 years old. 

“We have had an amazing year so far at every level for cross country skiing in the U.S. and we have a higher density of athletes than ever before skiing at a higher level,” said Greta Anderson, Stifel U.S. Cross Country Ski Team development coach. “We are bringing a strong and well-rounded team of 22 athletes to Planica. We’re excited about this trip and are very grateful for the support from the entire cross country community and the National Nordic Foundation (NNF).”

The 2024 team comprises strong club, collegiate and pro athletes from around the nation who have posted top results throughout the 2023-24 season, securing their spot on the team. 

Competing at the same venue as the 2023 FIS World Championships, the 22 athletes representing both the World Junior and U23 teams will contend for the podium in five events, including both sprint and distance races – with races staggered each day between the junior and U23 races. 

2024 FIS Cross Country Junior World Ski Championships Team and U23 Team
(Hometown; Club/College; Birthdate Year)

World Juniors Team


  • Sofia Scirica (Wellesley, MA; Middlebury Ski Team; 2004)
  • Sammy Smith (Boise, ID; Stifel U.S. Ski Team/Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation; 2005)
  • Nina Schamberger (Leadville, CO; University of Utah Ski Team; 2005) 
  • Ava Thurston (Waterbury, VT; Stifel U.S. Ski Team/Dartmouth Ski Team; 2004)
  • Evelyn Walton (Concord, MA; Dartmouth Ski Team; 2004)
  • Ally Wheeler (Casper, WY; Casper Nordic Ski Club; 2007)


  • Wes Campbell (Park City, UT; Michigan Tech University Ski Team; 2004) 
  • Zachary Jayne (Bend, OR; University of Utah Ski Team; 2004)
  • Trey Jones (Steamboat Springs, CO; University of Colorado Boulder Ski Team; 2004)
  • Jack Lange (Lyme, NH; Dartmouth Ski Team; 2004)
  • Matt Seline (Truckee, CA; University of Alaska Anchorage Ski Team; 2004)
  • Lucas Wilmot (Jackson Hole, WY; Jackson Hole Ski Club; 2006)

U23 Team


  • Haley Brewster (Avon, CO; Stifel U.S. Ski Team/University of Vermont Ski Team; 2003)
  • Kendall Kramer (Fairbank, AK; University of Alaska Fairbanks Ski Team; 2002)
  • Novie McCabe (Winthrop, WA; Stifel U.S. Ski Team/Alaska Pacific University Ski Team; 2001)
  • Anabel Needham (Houghton, MI; Michigan Tech University Ski Team; 2001)
  • Nina Seemann (Wheelock, VT; Dartmouth Ski Team; 2002)


  • Brian Bushey (Montpelier, VT; Stifel U.S. Ski Team/University of Utah Ski Team; 2002)
  • John Steel Hagenbuch (Sun Valley, ID; Stifel U.S. Ski Team/Dartmouth Ski Team; 2001)
  • Walker Hall; (Winthrop, WA; Stifel U.S. Ski Team/University of Utah Ski Team; 2002)
  • Logan Moore (Durango, CO; Middlebury College Ski Team; 2002)
  • Elijah Weenig (Jackson Hole, WY; Denver University; 2002)


  • Trip Leader & Head Coach: Greta Anderson, Stifel U.S. Ski Team
  • Coach: Bryan Fish, Stifel U.S. Ski Team
  • Coach: Lucy Glanville, Soldier Hollow 

Service Staff

  • Head of Service: August Teague, Aspen Valley Ski Club
  • Service: Bernie Nelson, Auburn Ski Club
  • Service: Will Wicherski, Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club
  • Service: Peter Holmes, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation
  • Service: Kaelyn Woods, Bridger Ski Foundation
  • Service: Ben Higgins, Great Glen Outdoor Center
  • Service: Paige Ripley, Fairbanks X-Country

Medical Staff

  • Medical Staff: Dr. Katie Eichten, Spooner Nordic
  • Medical Staff: Dr. Jasmine Wiley
  • Physical Therapist: Dr. Elizabeth Smith, Loppet Nordic Racing

(More information can be found here

World Junior Championships 

  • Feb. 5: 1.2k Skate Sprint (men/women)
  • Feb. 7: 20k Mass Start Skate (men/women)
  • Feb. 9: 10k Classic (men/women)
  • Feb. 11: 4.5k Relay, Classic/Skate (men/women)


  • Feb. 6: 1.2k Skate Sprint (men/women)
  • Feb. 8: 20k Mass Start Skate (men/women)
  • Feb. 10: 10k Classic (men/women)
  • Feb. 11: 4.5k Relay, Classic/Skate (men/women)