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Complete U.S. mountain bike world’s team announced

It was a bit delayed, but late Tuesday USA Cycling released the complete roster for its 2002 mountain bike world championships team, adding 20 discretionary picks to a roster that already included 30 automatic qualifiers. Among the late additions were 2000 short track national champion Carl Swenson and 2000 world downhill champion Myles Rockwell. Membership on the team does not necessarily include expenses (juniors typically receive more support than seniors) so don’t be surprised if some of the 50 riders don’t make the trip to Kaprun, Austria, where competition commences August 28. One

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By Jason Sumner, VeloNews Associate Editor

It was a bit delayed, but late Tuesday USA Cycling released the complete roster for its 2002 mountain bike world championships team, adding 20 discretionary picks to a roster that already included 30 automatic qualifiers.

Among the late additions were 2000 short track national champion Carl Swenson and 2000 world downhill champion Myles Rockwell. Membership on the team does not necessarily include expenses (juniors typically receive more support than seniors) so don’t be surprised if some of the 50 riders don’t make the trip to Kaprun, Austria, where competition commences August 28.

One rider who is definitely out is gated specialist Tara Llanes who broke her collarbone and several ribs during a practice run crash at the NORBA mountain cross race in Durango last Saturday.

As for medal contenders, the U.S. team’s best chances will come in the elite women’s cross country and men’s four cross where current world title holders Alison Dunlap and Brian Lopes reside. Lopes’s stiffest competition could come from American teammate Eric Carter, who has won the last three major four-rider races. Others with a chance to medal include 1994 world downhill champ Missy Giove, who’s been battling injuries all season, but won last weekend’s NORBA race in Durango.

Here’s a look at the complete team roster.

CROSS COUNTRY
MEN

Todd Wells
Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski
Travis Brown
Carl Swenson – discretionary
Carl Decker – discretionary
WOMEN
Alison Dunlap
Mary McConneloug
Sue Haywood
Willow Koerber
Shonny Vanlandingham
U-23 MEN
Walker Ferguson
Adam Craig
Barry Wicks – discretionary
JUNIOR MEN
John Devine
Brent Bookwalter – discretionary
Aaron Bradford – discretionary
JUNIOR WOMEN
Molly Hummel
Liza Winne
Magen Long
Sabra Davison – discretionary
DOWNHILL
MEN

Eric Carter
Myles Rockwell – discretionary
Kirt Voreis – discretionary
Richard Lancaster – discretionary
Todd LeDuc – discretionary
WOMEN
Missy Giove
Kathy Pruitt
Lisa Sher
Marla Streb – discretionary
April Lawyer – discretionary
Melissa Buhl – discretionary
JUNIOR MEN
Henry O’Donnell
Cody Warren
Daniel Umland – discretionary
Cory Gustafsen – discretionary
Steve Wentz – discretionary
JUNIOR WOMEN
Magen, Long
Leana Gerrard
FOUR CROSS
MEN

Brian Lopes
Eric Carter
Mike King
Kirt Voreis
Brian Schmith – discretionary
Rich Houseman – discretionary
WOMEN
Tara Llanes*
Lisa Sher
April Lawyer
Melissa Buhl
Jill Kintner – discretionary
*out for season