Ida Sargent has been on cross country skis since she could walk, and now with two World Championships under her belt, she’s walking the walk of a world-class competitor. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
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.
Liz Stephen finished 16th in the 30k classic at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
Andy Newell skied to his best finish in three years finishing fourth in a classic sprint World Cup in Davos.
The USA had a strong showing in team sprints, winning both men's and women's semi-finals heats.
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.
Liz Stephen led a strong U.S. Ski Team surge with four women in the top 30.
Ida Sargent and Sadie Bjornsen led the USA finishing seventh in a freestyle team sprint in Liberec.
Kikkan Randall was eighth and Ida Sargent a career distance best 14th in the Canmore World Cup skiathlon.
Kikkan Randall was second in a FIS Cross Country World Cup sprint in Canmore.
Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins combined for an historic victory in the Quebec City team sprints.
Ida Sargent Quick Facts
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One of a handful of New Englanders competing for the U.S. Cross Country Team, Ida Sargent skied at Dartmouth for three years before making her U.S. Team debut in 2011.
Sargent continued her strong skiing in 2013 with several impressive results on the World Cup circuit, including three top-10s in team sprints, two top-10s in individual sprints and two top-20s in distance races. She was also a member of the 2013 World Ski Championships team. The Vermont native capped her year by becoming the runner-up at the SuperTour Finals in the 1km classic sprint.
Sargent scored her first World Cup points only a year ago. In 2011 she finished fourth in the freestyle sprint at U23 World Championships and earned a berth on the World Championships squad. Before that she skied three impressive seasons at Dartmouth, leading the Big Green to undefeated seasons in 2009 and 2010.
Sargent is part of a strong group of U.S. women skiing towards Sochi; a group that hopes to be the first American women to win an Olympic cross country medal.
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