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U.S. cross country team named

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Carl Swenson highlighted the list of 17 Americans named Tuesday to the U.S. Olympic cross country team for next month's Torino Games.

The 35-year-old Swenson, a seven-year veteran of the U.S. team, is headed to his third and final Olympics before he retires from competitive skiing to begin law school later this year. Swenson didn't compete in mountain biking last year to put all of his focus toward the Olympics.

He is a medal contender in the 50-kilometer race.

"This is the last go-round for all these different things," Swenson said. "It's not hard to get out the door (to train), that's for sure."

Kris Freeman, diagnosed with Type I diabetes in 2000, makes his second Olympic team after earning the top American finish in the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City with a 15th-place showing in the 20-kilometer pursuit.

Andrew Johnson and Torin Koos also are competing in their second Olympics, while 22-year-old Andrew Newell will make his debut. Koos and Newell, the two U.S. sprinters, have been competing in Europe since late last month under the direction of head cross country coach Trond Nystad and sprint coach Vidar Loefshus.

Koos, the 25-year-old son of a former U.S. biathlete, is coming off a victory in a sprint race in Oberstdorf, Germany. Newell placed second.