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Liz Stephen packs a lot of strength, energy and integrity into her small frame. Wiry and strong, the last five years have been a sharp ascent up the ranks of distance skiing, a fitting trajectory for Stephen, who is known throughout the racing community as one of the best climbers in the World.

Stephen began her career at Burke Mountain Academy along with current women’s team coach, Matt Whitcomb and has grown from an alpine racing convert a decade ago to the historic best finisher for the United States at this year’s Tour de Ski with a fifth place overall effort. Following up that result with a second place finish at the Rybinsk World Cup in the 10k freestyle event, Stephen demonstrated a steadfast mental strength and more physical power than previous seen in her skiing. “I spent a lot of last off season working on the mental aspects of this sport,” Stephen said after the World Cup podium. “It’s something I’m proud to see pay off.”

The two-time Olympian and four-time World Championship team member will again be based out of the Center for Excellence in Park City, UT. “I spent a lot of time after the (Sochi) Olympics sorting out if I would return to the sport. This team is the reason I did and I’m doing it with everything I have,” Stephen said of her continued time as a leader for the U.S. Ski Team.

Stephen started skiing early and was a promising alpine racer, but she crossed over to cross country as a high school sophomore (Winter '02) just as now U.S. women’s coach Matt Whitcomb was rebooting the Burke Mountain Academy nordic program. High energy and a quick study, she was the J1 10k classic champion at Junior Olympics. Skiing used to complement her running, but now it’s the other way around.

Stephen likes to read, adventure with friends - especially in the desert or the mountains - and jump in cold lakes or rivers whenever she can find one. Being based in Park City with over 400 miles of trails, she mountain bikes both for fun and training.



Team: 2010, 2014
24th, 30k FS, Sochi, RUS, 2014 (Best U.S. Finisher)

Teams: 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
4th, 4x5k Relay, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013
5th, 10k FS, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013
15th, 15k pursuit, Liberec, CZE, 2009
16th, 30k FS mst, Oslo, NOR, 2011

5th overall, FIS Tour de Ski, 2015
2nd, 10k Freestyle, Rybinsk, RUS, 2015
7th, Skiathlon 7.5k/7.5C/F, Rybinsk, RUS, 2015
6th, 10k classic, Szklarska Poreba, POL, 2014
Scored in 11 races, finished 15th in World Cup distance standings, 2013
24th, 15k pursuit, Whistler, BC, 2009 (first World Cup points in second career race)

Stage World Cup Results

2013, 5k F, Lenzerheide, SUI
2011, 20k F, Rumford, ME
2009, 7.5k C pursuit, Fairbanks, AK
2009, 30k C mst, Fairbanks, AK
2008, 30k C mst, Fairbanks, AK
2008, 15k C pursuit, Fairbanks, AK
2008, 10k F, Callaghan Valley, CAN
2006, 5k F, Soldier Hollow, UT

Bronze, U23 World Championships, 2008
7th, 5k FS, Junior World Championships, 2007
7th, pursuit, Junior World Championships, 2006