It has been an uphill battle, but young Sadie Bjornsen continues to assert herself as a sprint contender with Sochi in her sights. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
World Champion Jessie Diggins anchored a strong U.S. team made up of Kikkan Randall, Sadie Bjornsen and Liz Stephen to take third in the 4x5k relay and match the best-ever World Cup result for any U.S. cross country relay team.
Sadie Bjornsen delivered another breakout result Saturday in the Lillehammer 10k classic World Cup, where she skied into seventh and matched her career-best individual result set just a week ago in Kuusamo, Finland.
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) fought hard to earn a fifth-place finish during Sunday’s 10k freestyle pursuit, the finale of the Ruka Triple mini-tour and cross country World Cup season opening weekend.
Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) skied to a career-best seventh place in the women’s 5k classic Saturday, the second stage of the Ruka Triple mini-tour.
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall won a pre-season 1.2-kilometer freestyle sprint FIS race on Sunday during the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team’s first race series of the 2013-14 Olympic season.
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Sadie Bjornsen was 18th in the 10k classic at the Lahti Ski Games for a career best World Cup distance finish.
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.
The USA had a strong showing in team sprints, winning both men's and women's semi-finals heats.
Liz Stephen skied to a career best eighth in the skiathlon Olympic test event near Sochi.
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.
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.
Sadie Bjornsen Quick Facts
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With only two full seasons on the U.S. Ski Team under her belt, Sadie Bjornsen is already making waves in the nordic world.
A product of the Alaska Pacific University pipeline, Bjornsen recovered from offseason back and foot injuries to win her second and third U.S. titles and earn her first top-10 in a World Cup sprint. Along the way, she helped the 4x5k relay team finish an historic fourth at World Championships and had impressive races on the Sochi Olympic course.
Her eventful 2013 season followed an impressive 2012 campaign, which saw the Washington state native score her first career World Cup points in a team sprint with Kikkan Randall. In 2011 she earned All-America honors as a college freshman at APU and skied in her first World Championships in Oslo, Norway.
The young sprint specialist is looking forward to her first shot at the Olympics, and with the freestyle sprint on center stage, Bjornsen’s time could be now.
I am very encouraged by my racing this season as well as the U.S. Ski Team as a whole. It leaves me more excited than ever for some offseason racing. I think next year the U.S. Team really has a chance to win both individual and team medals at the Olympic Games. This excitement and confidence will power our whole team through the long, tough offseason for the next seven months.
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