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5-11
Weight
160
 

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Andy Newell has made a career of pushing the limits. The self-proclaimed “adrenaline junkie” loves extreme sports and has even carried his skills over to cross country skiing, sending tricks off of big kickers and rewriting the boundaries of his sport. Along the way, Newell has developed into one of the fastest sprinters in U.S. history, making three Olympic squads and, count them, six World Championship teams.

After a medical scare in Sochi, Newell ended his 2014 on a high note, placing eighth in the classic sprint at World Cup finals in Falun, Sweden. The Vermont native also collected a sixth in the Szklarska Poreba World Cup sprint and an eighth at the Lenzerheide Stage World Cup sprint final.

Newell’s career also includes three World Cup podiums, a U.S. Championship and a 16th in the freestyle sprint at the 2006 Torino Olympics—the highest ever by a U.S. man in that event.

The veteran U.S. skier will celebrate his 10th year on the team in 2015, an accomplishment he would love to commemorate with a World Championships medal.

ANDY SAYS
I’m a native Vermonter who is proud to be part of the historic cross country skiing culture of the state. XC skiing is a sport that involves a lot of old-school rugged training, and I love that aspect of the sport. I'm motivated by high-speed racing and therefore excel in sprints, but I enjoy competing in all types of ski races. It was a frustrating year of crashes last season, but I still managed a few World Cup top 10's and I’m proud of my three career podiums so far.

FIRST TRACKS
Newell was skiing by three, racing by five and hasn't stopped since. After moving through Stratton Mountain School and its well-respected cross country program, he produced top-10 results at Junior Worlds. He was top-10 in the sprint at Junior Worlds for three straight years (2001-03). He won his first Continental Cup race, a sprint, at Silver Star, BC, in November 2001 and moved on to clinch a team spot at his first Olympics.

OFF THE SNOW
When Newell isn’t training or competing, he’s hanging with buddies, skateboarding, surfing and working as a carpenter on his cabin in Vermont. “As a true adrenaline junky, I’m always looking to push the limits in outdoor activity and go fast, whether it's on a surfboard, roller skis, or on my 1970 Triumph motorcycle.” Newell is also passionate about pushing cross country skiing forward in the U.S. and works with kids and the New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) to introduce the sport to a new audience.

 

 

Highlights

OLYMPICS
Teams: 2006, 2010, 2014
9th, Team Sprint FS, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
11th, 4x10k Relay, Sochi, RUS, 2014
16th, sprint FS, Torino, ITA, 2006 (best U.S. Olympic men's individual sprint result)

FIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (top 15 individual results)

Teams: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
5th, sprint CL, Sapporo, JPN, 2007

10th, 4x5k Relay, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013
10th, sprint FS, Oslo, NOR, 2011

12th, sprint FS, Liberec, CZE, 2009

WORLD CUP (top 5 individual and team results)
3 World Cup podiums (thru 2013 season)

6 World Cup top-10s in sprints, 2013
3rd, Sprint FS, Changchun, CHN, first U.S. podium since 1983, 2006

Stage World Cup Results
8th, Sprint CL, Falun, SWE, 2014

U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS TITLES
2008: Sprint FS, Houghton, MI

OTHER
Three top 10 sprints at Junior Worlds (2001, ’02, ’03)

Six World Cup top-15s in sprints, 2006
4th in sprint at U-23 Championships, 2004