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There must be something in the water up there in Minnesota, because the Land of 10,000 Lakes has skied another athlete onto the U.S. Team roster. Lakeville’s Ben Saxton has emerged as a rising star in the U.S. cross country scene, and he is one of two skiers added to the U.S. Cross Country Development Team for 2014-2015.

After two state nordic championships at Lakeville North High School, Saxton was accepted to ski for Dartmouth College. However, he decided to take two gap years to improve his skiing and push for the U.S. Team. The move paid off. Before ever setting foot on snow for the Big Green, Saxton made the 2013 Junior World Championships Team and took second in the freestyle sprint of the 2014 U.S. Championships.

Those results were good enough to propel Saxton into the sights of the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team. With the support of the U.S. Team and Stratton Mountain School, the future looks bright for the 21-year-old Saxton.

Last year was my first year as a part of the Stratton Mountain School Team. I had a blast out there and made big strides as an athlete, both in results and process goals. Working with such a strong team has helped my training immensely, and we always manage to have a lot of fun, which is just as important. I'm very excited to go out and start training and be with my teammates again. I'm looking forward to hopefully making a few more big steps forward next winter.