It has been an uphill battle, but young Sadie Bjornsen continues to assert herself as a sprint contender with Sochi in her sights. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
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.
Liz Stephen skied up from 37th in the 7.5k classic leg to finish 15th in the Falun mini-tour skiathlon.
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.
Kikkan Randall, seen here with Norway’s Marit Bjoergen at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, skied to a career-best 12th in the 30k classic World Cup at Holmenkollen Sunday.
Kikkan Randall clinched a third straight FIS World Cup sprint title, finishing seventh in a classic sprint at Drammen.
Team USA left it all on the course Saturday but was not able to keep pace and finished ninth at the women’s 4x5k relay of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Sadie Bjornsen led Team USA finishing 18th in the 10k classic with temperatures soaring above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
First-time Olympian Jessie Diggins skied into an impressive eighth and secured the top spot for Team USA in the women’s skiathlon Saturday, the opening Olympic cross country event at the Laura Cross Country Ski Center.
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)
Kikkan Randall and Sadie Bjornsen combined to finish fifth in the Asiago World Cup team sprint.
World Champion Jessie Diggins anchored a strong U.S. team made up of Kikkan Randall, Sadie Bjornsen and Liz Stephen to take third in the 4x5k relay and match the best-ever World Cup result for any U.S. cross country relay team.
Sadie Bjornsen delivered another breakout result Saturday in the Lillehammer 10k classic World Cup, where she skied into seventh and matched her career-best individual result set just a week ago in Kuusamo, Finland.
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) fought hard to earn a fifth-place finish during Sunday’s 10k freestyle pursuit, the finale of the Ruka Triple mini-tour and cross country World Cup season opening weekend.
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With only two full seasons on the U.S. Ski Team under her belt, Sadie Bjornsen is already making waves in the nordic world.
A product of the Alaska Pacific University pipeline, Bjornsen recovered from offseason back and foot injuries to win her second and third U.S. titles and earn her first top-10 in a World Cup sprint. Along the way, she helped the 4x5k relay team finish an historic fourth at World Championships and had impressive races on the Sochi Olympic course.
Her eventful 2013 season followed an impressive 2012 campaign, which saw the Washington state native score her first career World Cup points in a team sprint with Kikkan Randall. In 2011 she earned All-America honors as a college freshman at APU and skied in her first World Championships in Oslo, Norway.
The young sprint specialist is looking forward to her first shot at the Olympics, and with the freestyle sprint on center stage, Bjornsen’s time could be now.
I am very encouraged by my racing this season as well as the U.S. Ski Team as a whole. It leaves me more excited than ever for some offseason racing. I think next year the U.S. Team really has a chance to win both individual and team medals at the Olympic Games. This excitement and confidence will power our whole team through the long, tough offseason for the next seven months.
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