The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team won Team of the Month honors from the U.S. Olympic Committee for the historic first ever podium in the women's 4x5k relay in Sweden in late November. (Getty Images)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (Dec. 9) - The U.S. Olympic Committee has honored the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team with its Team of the Month Award for November. The Team made history Nov. 25 in Gaellivare, Sweden with its first ever relay podium, finishing third in the women's 4x5k team event. Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) outsprinted Norway II into the finish to claim third. After a solid opening classic leg by Holly Brooks (Anchorage), Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) put the team into podium position with a powerful freestyle leg by Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) setting the stage for Diggins to bring home the podium. This weekend in Quebec City, the team showed its strength once again with Randall and Diggins combining for a team sprint World Cup win and Randall taking the individual sprint. The team now heads to Canmore, AB for a weekend of three World Cups beginning Thursday, with live coverage on the USSA Network.
The U.S. Olympic Committee awarded its Team of the Month for November to the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team for its historic podium in the 4x5k relay in Sweden.
Holly Brooks (Anchorage), Kikkan Randall (Anchorage), Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) combined to finish third.
U.S. Ski Team downhiller Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) was third in balloting for the men's individual Athlete of the Month.
Bobsledder Steve Holcomb won the men's award while wrestler Alyssa Lampe too the women's honor.
QUOTES Holly Brooks We've had a great start to the season and we're turning a lot of heads. it's really cool to get some recognition from the USOC and from people outside our ski world. We've definitely created a lot of momentum in the nordic ski community and we're starting to get beyond our friends and families. People are realizing that cross country skiing is a really exciting sport.
We just came off a great weekend in Quebec where we had another best with Kikkan and Jessie winning the first team sprint. There were 30,000 people in the crowd, tons of American flags and the spirit was really high.
We're going to create some more excitement this season leading up to Sochi in a little more than a year. We're making progress and taking huge strides as a team.