Ida Sargent has been on cross country skis since she could walk, and now with two World Championships and an Olympic Games under her belt, she’s walking the walk of a world class competitor. (Getty Images/Harry How)
Noah Hoffman and Sadie Bjornsen (seen here at 2013 U.S. Championships in Utah) both capped their respective seasons Friday with U.S. distance titles to wrap up the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships.
Three-time World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall received her globe after a fourth-place finish in Friday's classic sprint, the final sprint of the season as well as the opening of the three-day Stage World Cup mini-tour finale in Falun.
Two-time World Cup champion Kikkan Randall made a statement Saturday with rookie teammate Sophie Caldwell as the two took first and third at the Lahti World Cup sprints, the first-ever double podium for U.S. women.
Sadie Bjornsen led Team USA finishing 18th in the 10k classic with temperatures soaring above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Kikkan Randall suffered a heartbreaking loss Tuesday when she was knocked out of the individual freestyle sprint event Tuesday at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, while rookie Sophie Caldwell (pictured) skied into sixth and the top spot for the USA.
Olympian Liz Stephen, seen here racing at World Championships, skied into the top spot for the USA in 11th during the warm and rainy FIS World Cup 10k classic race Saturday.
14 athletes, led by World Champion Kikkan Randall, were nominated to the U.S. Olympic team in cross country skiing today. (Photo: Reese Brown)
Liz Stephen, seen here at 2013 World Championships, skied to her career best FIS World Cup finish in sixth in the women’s 10k classic mass start Sunday in Szklarska Poreba, Poland.
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall topped every one of her heats Saturday to take her 10th World Cup victory in the Szlarska Poreba sprints.
Andy Newell chases Emil Joensson of team Sweden 2. Newell and Simi Hamilton went on to finish fifth in the team sprints Sunday in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.
Kikkan Randall and Sadie Bjornsen combined to finish fifth in the Asiago World Cup team sprint.
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall won a pre-season 1.2-kilometer freestyle sprint FIS race on Sunday during the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team’s first race series of the 2013-14 Olympic season.
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Andy Newell placed 11th and took the top finish for the USA in the Royal Palace Classic Sprint.
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Continuing the strong tradition of Dartmouth skiers competing on the U.S. Cross Country Team, Ida Sargent’s four years of hard work on the international level netted her a place in her first Olympics at Sochi 2014.
In addition to her Olympic debut, Sargent’s 2014 season featured three scoring results on the World Cup circuit, including a ninth in the 10k classic mass start in Szklarska Poreba, Poland. The Vermont native tacked that onto a strong 2013 that included three top 10s in team sprints, three top 10s in individual sprints, and two top 20s in distance races on the World Cup circuit. She was also a member of the 2013 World Championships team.
In 2011 she finished fourth in the freestyle sprint at U23 World Championships and earned a berth on the World Championships squad. She also skied three impressive seasons at Dartmouth, leading the Big Green to undefeated carnival seasons in 2009 and 2010.
Sargent is part of a growing group of U.S. contenders in women’s cross country, and should factor in to next year’s World Championship squad.
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