Erik Bjornsen (right) checked Olympian off the bucket list last season and hopes to build on that stock going into the 2015 World Championships season. (Getty Images/AFP/Odd Andersen)
The U.S. women closed the gap in a 10k classic race in Davos as the World Cup tour left Scandinavia for the higher elevation Swiss Alps.
Sadie Bjornsen skied to 18th overall in the three day World Cup mini-tour in Lillehammer.
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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.
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.
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