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)
Liz Stephen became the women’s 2013 USSA National Distance Champion Wednesday at Royal Gorge Ski Area while teammate and World Cup Champion Kikkan Randall came in second.
Liz Stephen was ninth for a career best at 30k freestyle in the Holmenkollen Ski Festival at Oslo.
Sadie Bjornsen was 18th in the 10k classic at the Lahti Ski Games for a career best World Cup distance finish.
Liz Stephen finished 16th in the 30k classic at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
The U.S. Ski Team's women's relay squad skied to an historic best ever fourth place finish at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme.
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Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) powered into the top five in the 10k individual skate at the FIS World Nordic Ski Championships. This marks her best ever individual result, earning the top finish for the U.S. Ski Team.
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.
Liz Stephen skied to a career best eighth in the skiathlon Olympic test event near Sochi.
A strong team of 13 was named by the USSA for the upcoming FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Val di Fiemme.
Liz Stephen led a strong U.S. Ski Team surge with four women in the top 30.
Kikkan Randall finished 12th, Liz Stephen 15th as the seven stage Tour de Ski came to a close.
Kikkan Randall remained seventh after stage six as the Tour de Ski headed into its final day, the hill climb up Alpe Cermis Sunday.
Kikkan Randall moved up one spot to seventh as Justyna Kowalczyk extended her Tour de Ski lead with a win in a 3k classic individual start in Toblach.
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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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