As one of the best sprinters in the business, Vermonter Andy Newell relishes going fast, a pursuit he keeps up on his 1970 Triumph motorcycle and in the Olympic Games. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall won a pre-season 1.2-kilometer freestyle sprint FIS race on Sunday during the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team’s first race series of the 2013-14 Olympic season.
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Andy Newell placed 11th and took the top finish for the USA in the Royal Palace Classic Sprint.
Kikkan Randall won a photo finish with Marit Bjoergen to take the win and clinch her second straight FIS World Cup sprint title.
Andy Newell, Kris Freeman, Noah Hoffman and anchor Tad Elliott finished 10th in the men’s 4x10k relay at World Championships.
Andy Newell skied to his best finish in three years finishing fourth in a classic sprint World Cup in Davos.
The USA had a strong showing in team sprints, winning both men's and women's semi-finals heats.
Kikkan Randall led start to finish in every heat to take the freestyle sprint Olympic test event in Sochi.
Five women and two men qualified into sprint finals at the Laura Cross Country Ski Center in Sochi.
A strong team of 13 was named by the USSA for the upcoming FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Val di Fiemme.
Ida Sargent and Sadie Bjornsen led the USA finishing seventh in a freestyle team sprint in Liberec.
Kikkan Randall finished 12th, Liz Stephen 15th as the seven stage Tour de Ski came to a close.
Kikkan Randall remained seventh after stage six as the Tour de Ski headed into its final day, the hill climb up Alpe Cermis Sunday.
Kikkan Randall moved up one spot to seventh as Justyna Kowalczyk extended her Tour de Ski lead with a win in a 3k classic individual start in Toblach.
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Andy Newell doesn’t just ski fast, he lives that way too. A self-proclaimed “adrenaline junkie”, the Vermont native’s love of extreme sports and pushing the limits has helped him develop into one of the fastest sprinters in U.S. history as well as one of the catalysts of the U.S. Nordic Team’s competitive rebirth.
Newell’s 2013 season saw a number of solid results, including six top-10 finishes on the World Cup circuit. Newell also competed in his sixth World Championships, helping the 4x5k relay team to a 10th-place finish.
Prior to 2013, Newell grabbed three World Cup podiums, including the first U.S. cross country podium in two decades with a third place finish in the freestyle sprint in Changchun, CHN in 2006. In 2006 Newell also placed 16th in the freestyle sprint at the Olympics in Torino, ITA—the best U.S. Olympic men’s result ever in that event. Add to that a U.S. Championship title in 2008 and three top-10 sprints at Junior Worlds, and Newell has stacked quite the resume.
With plans for Sochi already in the works, Newell looks to shake up the standings and get himself on the sprint podium.
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