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In the spirit of sibling rivalry, Erik Bjornsen isn’t letting older sister and U.S. Teammate Sadie get all the glory. A Washington state native, Bjornsen easily made the jump from collegiate racing to the world stage.
The trend has been an upward one for Bjornsen so far in his young career, and 2013 was no exception. In addition to making his World Cup debut, Bjornsen had top-10 and top-15 finishes at U23 World Championships and three podiums at National Championships, including his first U.S. title in the 15k freestyle. He also skied in his first World Championships, finishing 14th in the team sprint, and capped the year with two SuperTour Finals victories.
Bjornsen tore up the SuperTour scene in 2012, with enough impressive finishes to take third overall in the four-part mini-series. He also made his mark on the collegiate scene, earning All-America honors as a freshman at Alaska Pacific University.
If Bjornsen can continue to follow the path he has currently set for himself, look for the young skier to make his Olympic debut in 2014. After that, who knows what heights this promising competitor will reach.
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 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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