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During the 2015-16 season, Erik Bjornsen showcased early on that he is a forced to be reckoned with when it comes to classic skiing. In the 4x7.5k relay in Lillehammer, Bjornsen displayed his strong classic skiing abilities as he posted the fastest second leg relay leg of the day.

A long grueling season of racing didn’t come without some tribulations for Bjornsen, with fatigue causing less than ideal results, but he persevered and remained resilient. His positive energy paid off, when he scored a 21st place finish in a World Cup 5k individual classic race in Falun and 20th in the freestyle sprint at Ski Tour Canada in Quebec before capping the season off by winning the national title in the 50k classic in Craftsbury, VT. Bjornsen has proved that he will be one to watch in the 2016-17 season.

Bjornsen started downhill skiing as a young child, but when his family realized cross country skiing in Washington State’s Methow Valley was some of the best in the region, they made the switch. He has been competing in cross country ever since.

A Washington state native, Bjornsen attends college at Alaska Pacific University. When he’s not training, doing schoolwork or racing overseas, he likes to explore Alaska. “It’s a beautiful place that is very peaceful," he says. "All my problems and worries seem to go away when I'm miles away from civilization throwing a hook out into a stream packed with salmon."



Teams: 2014

6th, Team Sprint CL, Sochi, RUS, 2014

Teams: 2013, 2015

14th, Team Sprint, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013

8th, 4x7.5k relay, Nove Mesto, CZE, 2016
11th, Team Sprint FS, Otepää, EST, 2015
12th, 4x7.5k relay, Lillehammer, NOR, 2015
18th, 15k CL, Toblach, ITA, 2014
21st, 10k CL, Falun, SWE, 2016
27th, Skiathlon, Lahti, FIN, 2016
27th, Team Sprint FS, Liberec, CZE, 2013
33rd, 10k FS, Lenzerheide, SUI, 2016
35th, 15k FS, Falun, SWE, 2016

Stage World Cups
20th, Sprint FS, Ski Tour Canada, Quebec, CAN, 2016
25th, Sprint FS, Ski Tour Canada, Gatineau, CAN, 2016
30th, 30k CL Mass Start, FIS Tour de Ski, Lenzerheide, SUI, 2016

U.S. Titles
2016, 50k CL Mass Start, Craftsbury, VT
2014, 15k CL, Midway, UT
2013, Sprint FS, Midway, UT
2013, 15k FS, Midway, UT

16 U.S. SuperTour podiums
NCAA All-American, 2011
2nd in NCAA Championship 20k classic, 2011
Three Junior World Championships teams
Three Junior National Championship titles