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6-2
Weight
175
 

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As the second half of the Bjornsen nordic clan, Erik Bjornsen continues to carve out his own niche on the U.S. Cross Country Team, making his Olympic debut in 2014 and competing in six events.

In his first Olympic Games, the Washington native helped the men’s classic sprint relay team reach the finals in Sochi. That successful Olympic debut comes on the heels of a breakthrough 2013, where Bjornsen made his World Cup debut, had top-10 and top-15 finishes at U23 World Championships, and earned his first U.S. title in the 15k freestyle. He also skied in his first World Championships, finishing 14th in the team sprint, and then capped the year with two SuperTour Finals victories.

Bjornsen terrorized the SuperTour scene in 2012, with enough impressive finishes to take third overall in the four-part miniseries. He also made his mark on the collegiate scene, earning All-America honors as a freshman at Alaska Pacific University.

With World Championships just around the corner, keep an eye on Bjornsen’s upward momentum heading into 2015.

ERIK SAYS
This past ski season has been a breakthrough for me. I have been skiing on the domestic circuit for the past five or six years now and for the first time I got to the start line knowing that if I put together a good race I can win it.  

It's such an awesome feeling and I hope I can someday have that confidence on the world stage. I want to be fast enough to feel like I'm one of the best in the world and I hope to have a World Cup gold medal to prove it.

Outside of competition, I enjoy working with young skiers, I want to inspire kids and teach them that sports can be a lot of fun and a great way to spend time with their friends. I also want to show them that if they work hard at their sport, it can lead to a lot of awesome opportunities in the future, similar to the opportunities I have been given.

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

OFF THE SNOW
A Washington state native, Bjornsen is presently attending college at Alaska Pacific University. When he’s not training, doing schoolwork or off racing overseas, he likes to explore Alaska. “It’s a beautiful place that is very peaceful. 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.”

 

Highlights

OLYMPICS
Teams: 2014
6th, Team Sprint C, Sochi, RUS, 2014

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Teams: 2013
14th, Team Sprint, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013

WORLD CUP
27th, Team Sprint FS, Liberec, CZE, 2013

U.S. Titles
2013, 15k FS, Midway, UT

U.S. SuperTour
14 podiums (including three victories)
1st, 2k FS Pursuit Uphill, Tahoe, CA, 2013
1st, 3.1k FS, Tahoe, CA, 2013
1st, CL Sprint, Bozeman, MT, 2013
2nd, 15k CL, Bozeman, MT, 2013

Other
2011 NCAA All-American
2nd in NCAA Championship 20k classic, 2011
Three Junior World Championships Teams
Three Junior National Championship Titles