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Thursday, January 28, 2010
Hamilton fills U.S. team's extra spot

Associated Press

The U.S. cross country ski team has selected Simi Hamilton of Aspen, Colo., as its 11th and final competitor at the Vancouver Olympics.

Hamilton, 22, was added Thursday when the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association was granted one more spot in the new Olympic quota system.

Hamilton is one of the fastest American sprinters. He won four qualifiers in the U.S. Ski Association Super Tour, Canadian NorAm and U.S. championship events, and took the U.S. title in the freestyle sprint. Earlier this week, he led sprint qualifying in the Under 23 world championships in Germany.

Head coach Pete Vordenberg said, "Simi has definitely raised some eyebrows this season with his pure speed in the sprint events."