Once an alpine skier, Stephen doesn’t fear going fast, something she has proved with podium finishes in some of the world’s most prestigious cross country races. (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.
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall skied into 13th Sunday in the 10k freestyle pursuit, closing the three-day Falun mini-tour and putting a stamp on another successful World Cup season.
Liz Stephen skied up from 37th in the 7.5k classic leg to finish 15th in the Falun mini-tour skiathlon.
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, 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.
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.
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)
Liz Stephen, seen here at 2013 World Championships, skied to her career best FIS World Cup finish in sixth in the women’s 10k classic mass start Sunday in Szklarska Poreba, Poland.
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall topped every one of her heats Saturday to take her 10th World Cup victory in the Szlarska Poreba sprints.
Jessie Diggins and Liz Stephen in the finish Sunday in Val di Fiemme, Italy after Stephen posted the USA's best overall Tour de Ski finish in history with seventh, skiing to the third-fastest time of the day up the 9k Alpe Cermis hill climb finale.
World Champion Jessie Diggins earned a career-best World Cup classic result Saturday, skiing into 10th in the Val di Fiemme 5k, the sixth stage of the Tour de Ski.
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It’s hard to believe that Liz Stephen switched from alpine skiing to nordic skiing midway through her high school tenure at Vermont’s Burke Mountain Academy. It’s also hard to believe that only a few years later she stood atop the U.S. Championship podium – a U.S. Champion at 19. But, believe it or not, that’s exactly how it went down.
Since then she has continued to impress on the world stage, winning the Swiss National Championship, the U.S. Distance Championship and taking 5th in the 10k freestyle at the 2013 World Ski Championships. Stephen was also part of the 4x5k World Championships relay team that made history, finishing 4th—the highest of any U.S. women’s relay team in history.
Stephen had an historic year in 2012 as well, earning 16 scoring finishes on the World Cup circuit, putting in a solid Tour de Ski performance that included a top-10 hill climb result, and helping the U.S. women’s 4x5k team record a 5th place finish. She was also part of the Olympic squad in 2010 and earned bronze at the U23 World Championships in 2008.
A hard worker that sets lofty goals with every intention of reaching them, Stephen will be in contention for a relay spot in the 2014 Olympics, as well as a contender in the distance races.
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