Nominations to 2008 Junior and U23 Mountain Bike World Championship Team Announced

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Twelve Cross Country Athletes Named

USA Cycling announced today the 12 junior and U23 crosscountry athletes that have been nominated to represent the United States at the upcoming 2008 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Val di Sole, Italy, June 17-22.

Four men and two women have been nominated to the U23 crosscountry squad, while four men and two women were also nominated to the junior crosscountry team.

In the U23 ranks, Sam Jurekovic (Colorado Springs, Colo.) received the only automatic nomination to the men's team after placing fourth among the elites at the Fontana National in March. He is joined by Colin Cares (Boulder, Colo.), Mitchell Peterson (Sandy, Utah) and Tim Allen (Flagstaff, Ariz.), who received discretionary nominations.

On the women's side, Jamie Dinkins (Powell, Tenn.) received the only automatic nomination after turning in the top U23 performance at the Fontana National. Chloe Forsman (Boulder, Colo.) received the sole discretionary nomination.

In the junior division, Kerry Werner (Birdsboro, Pa.) and John Bennett (El Cerrito, Calif.) received automatic nominations after Werner's victory at the Greenbrier Challenge and Bennett's win at the Santa Ynez National. Robbie Squire (Sandy, Utah) and Seamus Powell (Round Top, N.Y.) will join them as discretionary selections.

Jill Behlen (Boulder, Colo.) won the Greenbrier Challenge in April to solidify her automatic nomination, while Deidre York (Indio, Calif.) took the victory at Santa Ynez to earn her spot on the junior women's squad.

USA Cycling will announce the entire squad that will represent the United States at the 2008 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships on June 9.

2008 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships
Val di Sole, Italy
June 17-22

U.S. U23 and Junior CrossCountry Team Nominations:

U23 Men's Cross Country
1. Sam Jurekovic (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
2. Colin Cares (Boulder, Colo.)
3. Mitchell Peterson (Sandy, Utah)
4. Tim Allen (Flagstaff, Ariz.)

U23 Women's Cross Country
1. Jamie Dinkins (Powell, Tenn.)
2. Chloe Forsman (Boulder, Colo.)

Junior Men's Cross Country
1. Kerry Werner (Birdsboro, Pa.)
2. John Bennett (El Cerrito, Calif.)
3. Robbie Squire (Sandy, Utah)
4. Seamus Powell (Round Top, N.Y.)

Junior Women's Cross Country
1. Jill Behlen (Boulder, Colo.)
2. Deidre York (Indio, Calif.)

About USA Cycling
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