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. (Getty Images/Harry How)
Jessie Diggins was fifth to lead seven Americans who made the heats in a World Cup freestyle sprint in Rybinsk.
Rosie Brennan and Ida Sargent led U.S. team in a World Cup team sprint in Estonia.
Sadie Bjornsen led the USA finishing 15th in a classic sprint in Otepää.
The FIS Cross Country World Cup tour came to the Swiss Alps the last two week, with back-to-back weekends of cross country ski racing. USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw was trackside with the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team and shared his thoughts.
Ida Sargent led the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team in 15th with four athletes qualifying for heats in a freestyle sprint World Cup.
Olympian Ida Sargent skied to a career best fifth as the FIS Cross Country World Cup opened in Ruka, FInland with a classic sprint.
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team will take a strong summer and fall preparation period into this weekend's FIS World Cup opener in Ruka.
Three-time World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall received her globe after a fourth-place finish in Friday's classic sprint, the final sprint of the season as well as the opening of the three-day Stage World Cup mini-tour finale in Falun.
Kikkan Randall clinched a third straight FIS World Cup sprint title, finishing seventh in a classic sprint at Drammen.
Two-time World Cup champion Kikkan Randall made a statement Saturday with rookie teammate Sophie Caldwell as the two took first and third at the Lahti World Cup sprints, the first-ever double podium for U.S. women.
Andy Newell (right) kicks off the men’s relay, where Team USA came up from the back of the pack Sunday to finish 11th.
Kikkan Randall suffered a heartbreaking loss Tuesday when she was knocked out of the individual freestyle sprint event Tuesday at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, while rookie Sophie Caldwell (pictured) skied into sixth and the top spot for the USA.
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall powered to fifth in the Toblach freestyle sprints, the final World Cup before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
14 athletes, led by World Champion Kikkan Randall, were nominated to the U.S. Olympic team in cross country skiing today. (Photo: Reese Brown)
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Andy Newell has made a career of pushing the limits. The self-proclaimed “adrenaline junkie” loves extreme sports and has even carried his skills over to cross country skiing, sending tricks off of big kickers and rewriting the boundaries of his sport. Along the way, Newell has developed into one of the fastest sprinters in U.S. history, making three Olympic squads and, count them, six World Championship teams.
After a medical scare in Sochi, Newell ended his 2014 on a high note, placing eighth in the classic sprint at World Cup finals in Falun, Sweden. The Vermont native also collected a sixth in the Szklarska Poreba World Cup sprint and an eighth at the Lenzerheide Stage World Cup sprint final.
Newell’s career also includes three World Cup podiums, a U.S. Championship and a 16th in the freestyle sprint at the 2006 Torino Olympics—the highest ever by a U.S. man in that event.
The veteran U.S. skier will celebrate his 10th year on the team in 2015, an accomplishment he would love to commemorate with a World Championships medal.
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