It was an uphill battle, but young Sadie Bjornsen impressed both her country and the world at her first-ever Olympic Games. (Getty Images/Ryan Pierse)
The USSA named 16 athletes to the 2015 Cross Country World Championships Team that will compete in Falun, Sweden.
Jessie Diggins was fifth, Liz Stephen seventh as the U.S. Ski Team closed out a strong weekend in Rybinsk.
Jessie Diggins was fifth to lead seven Americans who made the heats in a World Cup freestyle sprint in Rybinsk.
Rosie Brennan and Ida Sargent led U.S. team in a World Cup team sprint in Estonia.
Sadie Bjornsen led the USA finishing 15th in a classic sprint in Otepää.
Sadie Bjornsen took eighth place in the fourth stage of the Tour de Ski in Toblach, Italy. She will soon abandon the Tour to maintain her season goal of success at the World Championships.
Sadie Bjornsen and Liz Stephen continued to pace the U.S. women, standing top 15 after the stage two 10k classic.
The FIS Cross Country World Cup tour came to the Swiss Alps the last two week, with back-to-back weekends of cross country ski racing. USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw was trackside with the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team and shared his thoughts.
Liz Stephen led the U.S. Ski Team with a strong 12th place finish in a 10k freestyle race in Davos.
Ida Sargent led the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team in 15th with four athletes qualifying for heats in a freestyle sprint World Cup.
The U.S. women closed the gap in a 10k classic race in Davos as the World Cup tour left Scandinavia for the higher elevation Swiss Alps.
Sadie Bjornsen skied to 18th overall in the three day World Cup mini-tour in Lillehammer.
Jessie Diggins was 15th in the women's 5k freestyle, the second leg of a World Cup mini tour in Lillehammer.
Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) led the U.S. Ski Team with a 21st place finish in the opening event of the three-day Lillehammer World Cup mini tour in a freestyle sprint.
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In her third season on the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team, Sadie Bjornsen made an impressive Olympic debut in Sochi. The 24-year-old competed in three events, including logging the fastest leg of the women’s 4x5k relay that finished in ninth place among the world’s top national ski teams.
Another product of the Alaska Pacific University pipeline, Bjornsen scored her highest individual World Cup finish ever in 2014, taking seventh in the 10k classic at the Ruka Triple in Kuusamo, Finland. She also qualified for the World Cup sprint finals in Falun, Sweden.
After recovering from off-season injuries in 2013, Bjornsen had a breakout year, scoring her second and third national titles on the way to helping the 4x5k relay team to an historic fourth place at World Championships. That was all after this Washington native earned All-America honors as a college freshman in 2011 and skied in her first World Championships in Oslo that same winter.
Bjornsen overcame rookie jitters to perform well on the Olympic stage, and is upping her strength in the offseason to push for the podium at World Championships.
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