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In her third season on the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team, Sadie Bjornsen made an impressive Olympic debut in Sochi. The 24-year-old competed in three events, including logging the fastest leg of the women’s 4x5k relay that finished in ninth place among the world’s top national ski teams.

Another product of the Alaska Pacific University pipeline, Bjornsen scored her highest individual World Cup finish ever in 2014, taking seventh in the 10k classic at the Ruka Triple in Kuusamo, Finland. She also qualified for the World Cup sprint finals in Falun, Sweden.

After recovering from off-season injuries in 2013, Bjornsen had a breakout year, scoring her second and third national titles on the way to helping the 4x5k relay team to an historic fourth place at World Championships. That was all after this Washington native earned All-America honors as a college freshman in 2011 and skied in her first World Championships in Oslo that same winter.

Bjornsen overcame rookie jitters to perform well on the Olympic stage, and is upping her strength in the offseason to push for the podium at World Championships. 

I just finished up my most exciting and successful year to date. It was so fun to dip my toes in the water and see that it is actually possible to race along side the best one day. With a few more seasons of good training, and some more practice racing, I am looking forward to coming back to the next Olympics ready to fight! I especially enjoyed racing alongside my brother in the Olympics–something we have both been aiming for since young children. I have a great team on the road racing, and a great team back home at APU that have made this journey exciting and always fun!

Bjornsen grew up in an athletic family with three close siblings, so her competitive personality was nothing but expected. “Being outdoors and competing in many sports all year allowed me to develop an athletic lifestyle filled with lots of different types of races and competitions,” says Bjornsen. Starting as an alpine skier, at about six years old, she eventually switched to cross country skiing when she got frustrated with “getting cold riding up the chairlift”. From then on the Washington native started dreaming about being an Olympic skier and looked up to her neighbor, good friend and former Olympic skier Laura McCabe.


When she's not training Bjornsen enjoys spending time in the mountains on skis, foot, on a bike or in climbing gear. She also attends school at Alaska Pacific University where she is pursuing a degree in accounting and nonprofit business management. She loves listening to techno, drinking ice water and dancing.



9th, Team 4x5k Relay FS, Sochi, RUS, 2014

Teams: 2011, 2013
4th, 4x5k Relay M, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013
9th, Team Sprint CL, Oslo, NOR, 2011

2nd, Team Sprint, Duesseldorf, GER, 2012 (first World Cup podium)
7th, 10k CL, Kuusamo, FIN, 2014
9th, Sprint FS, Lahti, FIN, 2013
5th, Team Sprint FS, Sochi, RUS, 2013
27th, Sprint CL, Drammen, NOR, 2012 (First World Cup points)

Stage World Cup

2013, Sprint FS, Soldier Hollow, UT
2013, 20k CL MST, Soldier Hollow, UT
2011, 10k CL, Rumford, ME

5th, 10k CL, U23 World Championships, Erzurum, TUR, 2012
2 SuperTour wins, 2012
5 U.S. Junior titles
All-American at Alaska Pacific University as a freshman