A latecomer to the international stage, Holly Brooks’ impact was felt immediately, competing in the 2010 Olympics and participating on the World Cup relay team that earned third in Gaellivare. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Kikkan Randall, seen here at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, took the top spot for the USA Sunday with 21st in the 10k freestyle World Cup race, the final event of the Lahti Ski Games.
Liz Stephen, seen here racing in last week’s 4x5k team relay, led Team USA Saturday when she skied to 24th in the 30k mass start freestyle race, the final women’s cross country event 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.
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall powered to fifth in the Toblach freestyle sprints, the final World Cup before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
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.
World Champion Jessie Diggins finished fifth and newcomer Sophie Caldwell (pictured) finished ninth at the women’s Tour de Ski 3k prologue Saturday in rainy Oberhof, Germany.
Workers prepare the course for cross country ski racing’s most grueling nine days beginning Saturday in Oberhof with the opening of the eighth running of the Tour de Ski.
Park City Reception
Liz Stephen powered into the top five in the 10k individual skate at the FIS World Nordic Ski Championships.
Jessie Diggins was 14th and Liz Stephen 15th in a 10k freestyle in Davos.
Andy Newell skied to his best finish in three years finishing fourth in a classic sprint World Cup in Davos.
Kikkan Randall led start to finish in every heat to take the freestyle sprint Olympic test event in Sochi.
Five women and two men qualified into sprint finals at the Laura Cross Country Ski Center in Sochi.
Holly Brooks Quick Facts
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Holly Brooks’ journey to the U.S. Ski Team has been a little different than that of her peers. After leaving racing in 2004 to pursue coaching at Alaska Pacific University, Brooks changed her mind in 2009 and returned to competition, making the Olympic squad in 2010 and the World Championship team in 2011. After those major accomplishments, it was hard for the U.S. Ski Team to ignore the Alaska resident, inviting her to join the team in 2012.
In 2013 Brooks continued her impressive skiing, tallying a career-best fifth-place finish at the World Cup 10k freestyle race in Gaellivare, Sweden. Brooks was also part of the record-setting 4x5k relay team that took third at the opening stop of the World Cup. She stamped her season with a top-30 finish in the overall World Cup distance standings.
Brooks’ first season with the U.S. Ski Team included a victory in the 55k American Birkebeiner marathon as well as points scored in seven of the nine World Cup events she raced. Before that, she skied to a bronze at the 2009 U.S. Championships and took three SuperTour wins, results that earned her an invite to the 2010 Olympic team.
The 2011 U.S. Sprint Champion will look to build on her first Olympic experience with a bid to the 2014 Games and a chance at shaking things up on the podium in Sochi.
Each of the six girls on the women's team had an individual top-10 finish this year, and I think it's indicative of our strength, teamwork and potential going into next year's Olympic year. We're poised to make history and we're excited to work together to do it!
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