A latecomer to the international stage, Holly Brooks’ impact was felt immediately, competing in the 2010 Olympics and participating on the World Cup relay team that earned third in Gaellivare. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Park City Reception
Liz Stephen powered into the top five in the 10k individual skate at the FIS World Nordic Ski Championships.
Jessie Diggins was 14th and Liz Stephen 15th in a 10k freestyle in Davos.
Andy Newell skied to his best finish in three years finishing fourth in a classic sprint World Cup in Davos.
Kikkan Randall led start to finish in every heat to take the freestyle sprint Olympic test event in Sochi.
Five women and two men qualified into sprint finals at the Laura Cross Country Ski Center in Sochi.
A strong team of 13 was named by the USSA for the upcoming FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Val di Fiemme.
Kikkan Randall finished 12th, Liz Stephen 15th as the seven stage Tour de Ski came to a close.
Kikkan Randall remained seventh after stage six as the Tour de Ski headed into its final day, the hill climb up Alpe Cermis Sunday.
Kikkan Randall moved up one spot to seventh as Justyna Kowalczyk extended her Tour de Ski lead with a win in a 3k classic individual start in Toblach.
Kikkan Randall dropped to eighth but is now less than a minute behind Tour de Ski leader Justyna Kowalczyk.
Kikkan Randall was untouchable in the Tour de Ski sprint in Val Muestair, leading qualifying and winning each of three heats by large margins.
Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk took a commanding lead in the Tour de Ski in a bid for a fourth straight title.
Kikkan Randall opened the seven-stage Tour de Ski with a major win over Sweden's Charlotte Kalla and Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk.
Holly Brooks Quick Facts
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Holly Brooks’ journey to the U.S. Ski Team has been a little different than that of her peers. After leaving racing in 2004 to pursue coaching at Alaska Pacific University, Brooks changed her mind in 2009 and returned to competition, making the Olympic squad in 2010 and the World Championship team in 2011. After those major accomplishments, it was hard for the U.S. Ski Team to ignore the Alaska resident, inviting her to join the team in 2012.
In 2013 Brooks continued her impressive skiing, tallying a career-best fifth-place finish at the World Cup 10k freestyle race in Gaellivare, Sweden. Brooks was also part of the record-setting 4x5k relay team that took third at the opening stop of the World Cup. She stamped her season with a top-30 finish in the overall World Cup distance standings.
Brooks’ first season with the U.S. Ski Team included a victory in the 55k American Birkebeiner marathon as well as points scored in seven of the nine World Cup events she raced. Before that, she skied to a bronze at the 2009 U.S. Championships and took three SuperTour wins, results that earned her an invite to the 2010 Olympic team.
The 2011 U.S. Sprint Champion will look to build on her first Olympic experience with a bid to the 2014 Games and a chance at shaking things up on the podium in Sochi.
Each of the six girls on the women's team had an individual top-10 finish this year, and I think it's indicative of our strength, teamwork and potential going into next year's Olympic year. We're poised to make history and we're excited to work together to do it!
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