WENATCHEE — It was expected for weeks. So it came as no great surprise when two Mission Ridge Ski Team members were officially added this week to the 2012 U.S. Alpine Ski Team.
Still, it’s quite a tip-of-the-hat to the local ski program.
Colby Granstrom was among 10 skiers chosen for the U.S. men’s B Team. Teammate Brooke Wales was one of two selected for the U.S. women’s C Team.
The two ski racers, both 20 years of age, are among the youngest members of the 43-skier team. Both also have qualified for next year’s World Cup tour. This past ski season, Granstrom won the slalom at U.S. Nationals and was second in the final Nor-Am Cup slalom standings. Wales was second in the Nor-Am super-G standings.
Their MRST coach, Ryan Shorter, said Tuesday it’s been several years since the program has had two athletes on the U.S. team.
Granstrom and Wales will spend most of the summer training at team headquarters in Park City, Utah.
“It’s really nice, and it’ll be good for them,” Shorter said. “As part of being on the ski team, you get free schooling at Westminister College in Utah.”
The U.S. Ski Team divides its members into three squads — A, B and C — basing it on world rankings, ability and age. Nominated for the A Team are two-time World Cup overall champion Bode Miller, Olympic and World Cup gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso, world giant slalom champion Ted Ligety, Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht, Jimmy Cochran, Marco Sullivan, Sarah Schleper and Stacey Cook.
Schleper and Cook — along with Granstrom and Wales — have all raced at Mission Ridge over the past couple years.
Skiers have until this fall to accept their nominations to the team. For most it’s a given, but a few sometimes decline. Bode Miller, for instance, was nominated in past years but chose to race on his own.
Here is the complete list of those nominated for the 2012 U.S. team:
Men’s A Team
Jimmy Cochran, 30, Keene, N.H., Cochran’s/Mount Mansfield Ski and Snowboard Club
Tommy Ford, 22, Bend, Ore., Mount Bachelor Ski Education Foundation
Nolan Kasper, 22, Warren, Vt., Burke Mountain Academy
TJ Lanning, 26, Park City, Utah, Park City Ski Team
Ted Ligety, 26, Park City, Utah, Park City Ski Team
Bode Miller, 33, Franconia, N.H., Carrabassett Valley Academy/Franconia Ski Club
Steven Nyman, 29, Provo, Utah, Park City Ski Team/Sundance
Marco Sullivan, 31, Squaw Valley, Calif., Squaw Valley Ski Team
Andrew Weibrecht, 25, Lake Placid, N.Y., New York Ski Education Foundation
Women’s A Team
Stacey Cook, 26, Mammoth, Calif., Mammoth Mountain Ski Team
Julia Mancuso, 26, Olympic Valley, Calif., Squaw Valley Ski Team
Alice McKennis, 21, Glenwood Springs, Colo., Rowmark Ski Academy
Laurenne Ross, 22, Klamath Falls, Ore., Mount Bachelor Ski Education Foundation
Sarah Schleper, 32, Vail, Colo., Ski and Snowboard Club Vail
Leanne Smith, 24, Conway, N.H., Mt. Washington Valley Ski Team
Lindsey Vonn, 26, Vail, Colo., Ski and Snowboard Club Vail/Buck Hill Ski Team
Men’s B Team
Thomas Biesemeyer, 22, Keene, N.Y., New York Ski Education Foundation
Will Brandenburg, 24, Spokane, Wash., Schweitzer Alpine Racing
David Chodounksy, 26, Crested Butte, Colo., Crested Butte Ski Team
Ryan Cochran-Siegle, 19, Starksboro, Vt., Mt Mansfield Ski Club
Erik Fisher, 26, Middleton, Idaho, Bogus Basin/Rowmark Ski Academy
Travis Ganong, 22, Squaw Valley, Calif., Squaw Valley Ski Team
Colby Granstrom, 20, Lake Stevens, Wash., Mission Ridge Ski Team
Will Gregorak, 20, Longmont, Colo., Ski and Snowboard Club Vail
Tim Jitloff, 26, Reno, Nev., Park City Ski Team
Wiley Maple, 21, Aspen, Colo., Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard
Women’s B Team
Hailey Duke, 25, Boise, Idaho, Park City Ski Education Foundation/McCall Ski Team
Chelsea Marshall, 24, Pittsfield, Vt., Green Mountain Valley School
Megan McJames, 23, Park City, Utah, Park City Ski Education Foundation
Mikaela Shiffrin, 16, Eagle-Vail, Colo., Burke Mountain Academy
Kiley Staples, 22, Park City, Utah, Rowmark Ski Academy
Resi Stiegler, 25, Jackson Hole, Wyo., Park City Ski Team/Jackson Hole
Men’s C Team
Michael Ankeny, 20, Deephaven, Minn., Buck Hill Ski Team
Nick Daniels, 20, Tahoe City, Calif., Squaw Valley Ski Team
Mark Engel, 19, Truckee, Calif., Sugar Bowl Ski Team
Jared Goldberg, 19, Holladay, Utah, Team Flow
Robby Kelley, 21, Starksboro, Vt., Cochran’s Ski Club/Mt. Mansfield Ski Club
Keith Moffat, 20, Berkeley, Calif., Squaw Valley Ski Team
Brennan Rubie, 20, Salt Lake City, Utah, Snowbird Ski Team
Seppi Stiegler, 22, Wilson, Wyo., Jackson Hole Ski Club
Ace Tarberry, 23, North Conway, N.H., MWVST-Mount Washington Valley Ski Team
Women’s C Team
Julia Ford, 21, Plymouth, N,H., Holderness Ski Team
Brooke Wales, 20, Sammamish, Wash., Mission Ridge Ski Team