Once an alpine skier, Stephen doesn’t fear going fast, something she has proved with podium finishes in some of the world’s most prestigious cross country races. (Getty Images/AFP/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)
Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) hung on for an 11th place result in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 30k classic mass start, a race defined by Norway’s Therese Johaug who broke away with a sharp pace early and held on for an impressive win.
The U.S. women finished fourth in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 3x5k relay.
Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) used the power of a strong skate leg to ski into eleventh place leading the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 15k skiathlon event. Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) finished 20th. Erik Bjor
The USSA named 16 athletes to the 2015 Cross Country World Championships Team that will compete in Falun, Sweden.
Jessie Diggins was fifth, Liz Stephen seventh as the U.S. Ski Team closed out a strong weekend in Rybinsk.
Liz Stephen finished second on Friday in the 10k freestyle race in Rybinsk, Russia—the top World Cup distance result by an American woman.
USSA columnist Tom Kelly takes a look at Liz Stephen's phenomenal result at the Tour de Ski in this week's Behind the Gold.
Liz Stephen rewrote the history books again, posting the fourth fastest time up Alpe Cermis to move up to fifth in the final Tour de Ski standings - the best American finish ever.
Liz Stephen skied a strong race to finish fifth in the 10k classic, advancing to sixth in the Tour de Ski.
Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) was the only U.S. racer to compete in stage five of the Tour de Ski in Toblach, Italy, finishing 14th.
Sadie Bjornsen and Liz Stephen continued to pace the U.S. women, standing top 15 after the stage two 10k classic.
Liz Stephen led the U.S. Ski Team with a strong 12th place finish in a 10k freestyle race in Davos.
The U.S. women closed the gap in a 10k classic race in Davos as the World Cup tour left Scandinavia for the higher elevation Swiss Alps.
Sadie Bjornsen skied to 18th overall in the three day World Cup mini-tour in Lillehammer.
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Liz Stephen started her young career as an alpine skier at Vermont’s Burke Mountain Academy, but later found her calling on the cross country course. The U.S. Team can count their blessings on that decision, as Stephen has quickly become a key distance asset to the women’s side, competing on three World Championship teams and reaching her second Olympics in 2014.
Stephen’s Sochi push was an impressive one, earning the best U.S. finish in the 30k and bolstering the U.S. relay squad in the 4x5k relay. The Vermont native also recorded her highest individual result on the World Cup, snagging sixth in the Szklarska Poreba, Poland 10k classic. She also posted six more scoring results in the World Cup, bringing her career total to 22.
In 2013 Stephen was part of the fourth place World Championships 4x5 relay team and took fifth in the 10k freestyle at the same event. Just two years earlier, a young Stephen made her Olympic debut in Vancouver, and two years before that in 2008, she stood on the podium at the U23 World Championships with a bronze medal finish.
Stephen will spend her offseason in Park City training at the USSA Center of Excellence as she prepares for another stellar season in 2015.
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