Sadie Bjornsen, who grabbed solid results all season long, competes at the 2016 Ski Tour Canada. (Steven Earl)
The Tour de Ski is cross country ski racing's version of cycling's Tour de France. Alpe Cermis is its Alpe d'Huez.
Jessie Diggins skied a strong classic race Saturday to hold her fifth place ranking in the Tour de Ski heading into Sunday's hill climb finale.
Jessie Diggins held onto her fifth place Tour de Ski overall standing following Wednesday’s 10k freestyle pursuit in Oberstdorf.
Jessie Diggins moved into fifth in the overall standings after finishing second in the women’s 5k/5k skiathlon in stage three of the Tour de Ski at Oberstdorf.
Jessie Diggins maintained her sixth place overall standing following her eighth-place finish in the second stage of the Tour de Ski Sunday.
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team will enter one of its deepest and most experienced teams ever as the 2017 Tour de Ski kicks off Saturday with a freestyle sprint.
Jessie Diggins held on to finish eighth in the 10k classic pursuit finale of the Lillehammer stage race.
Sadie Bjornsen led four Americans into the points as the FIS Cross Country World Cup opened in Ruka, Finland.
Sadie Bjornsen answers our three questions on what makes her a champion.
Jessie Diggins dup deep in the eighth and final stage to claim fifth overall in the final Ski Tour Canada standings.
After the sixth stage of the Ski Tour Canada, Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) moved back up to fifth in the overall Tour standings, while Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) moved to 11th.
Jessie Diggins and Erik Bjornsen led the U.S. team in a FIS World Cup 1.5k classic sprint in fifth state of the Ski Tour Canada in Canmore Tuesday.
Two U.S. women skied to a top-10 finish in a FIS World Cup 10k freestyle pursuit in the Ski Tour Canada on Saturday. Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) finished fifth overall while Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) finished 10th.
Ski Tour Canada continued with the third event Friday as Sadie Bjornsen and Simi Hamilton both finished eighth to led the U.S. Team in the 1.5/1.7k freestyle sprint.
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Sadie Bjornsen has notched several top-10 World Cup finishes and consistent World Cup points over the last three seasons. Her breakthrough year during the Sochi Olympic season saw her top results primarily in classic events, but this season was balanced across disciplines and between sprint and distance racing.
Bjornsen’s best result of the 2015-16 season was in the 4x5k relay in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, where the team skied to a historic second place finish. It was the best ever U.S. women’s relay finish, as strong opening classic legs—one skied by Bjornsen—set the team up for success.
Bjornsen’s best individual finishes of the 2015-16 season included a seventh place in a 1.5k freestyle sprint during the FIS Tour de Ski in Lenzerheide, Switzerland and another seventh place in a 5k individual classic race in Falun, Sweden.
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.
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When she's not training Bjornsen enjoys spending time in the mountains, whether she’s on foot, skis, a bike or in climbing gear. She graduated in the spring of 2015 from Alaska Pacific University with a double major in Accounting and Nonprofit Business Management. Bjornsen is now currently working towards a Masters in Business at APU.
5th, Team Sprint FS, Sochi, RUS, 2013
14th, Overall in World Cup Standings, 2015-16
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