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Andy Newell doesn’t just ski fast, he lives that way too. A self-proclaimed “adrenaline junkie”, the Vermont native’s love of extreme sports and pushing the limits has helped him develop into one of the fastest sprinters in U.S. history as well as one of the catalysts of the U.S. Nordic Team’s competitive rebirth.

Newell’s 2013 season saw a number of solid results, including six top-10 finishes on the World Cup circuit. Newell also competed in his sixth World Championships, helping the 4x5k relay team to a 10th-place finish.

Prior to 2013, Newell grabbed three World Cup podiums, including the first U.S. cross country podium in two decades with a third place finish in the freestyle sprint in Changchun, CHN in 2006. In 2006 Newell also placed 16th in the freestyle sprint at the Olympics in Torino, ITA—the best U.S. Olympic men’s result ever in that event. Add to that a U.S. Championship title in 2008 and three top-10 sprints at Junior Worlds, and Newell has stacked quite the resume.

With plans for Sochi already in the works, Newell looks to shake up the standings and get himself on the sprint podium.

2012-13 was one of my best seasons to date, so to be carrying momentum into the Olympic year is pretty exciting. I finished off the year ranked fifth in the world for sprinting and regained a lot of consistency racing on the World Cup. I was the only guy in the world to score points in every single sprint in the 2012-13 season. Although it was one of my best overall finishes, it was frustrating not to be on the podium, which is motivating me more than ever for the Olympic year.

Newell was skiing by three, racing by five and hasn't stopped since. After moving through Stratton Mountain School and its well-respected cross country program, he produced top-10 results at Junior Worlds. He was top-10 in the sprint at Junior Worlds for three straight years, 2001-03. He won his first Continental Cup race, a sprint, at Silver Star, BC, in November 2001 and moved on to clinch a team spot at his first Olympics.

When Newell’s not training or competing, he’s hanging with buddies, skateboarding, surfing, playing guitar, singing and working as a carpenter on his cabin in Vermont. “As a true adrenaline junky, I’m always looking to push the limits in outdoor activity and go fast, whether it's on a surfboard, roller skis, or on my 1970 Triumph motorcycle.” Newell is also passionate about pushing cross country skiing forward in the U.S. and works with kids and the New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) to introduce the sport to a new audience. 



2006: 16th in freestyle sprint; best U.S. Olympic men's sprint result

FIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (top 15 individual results)

5th, sprint CL, Sapporo, JPN, 2007

10th, 4x5k Relay, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013
10th, sprint FS, Oslo, NOR, 2011

12th, sprint FS, Liberec, CZE, 2009

WORLD CUP (top 5 individual and team results)
3 World Cup podiums (thru 2013 season)

6 World Cup top-10s in sprints, 2013
3rd, Sprint FS, Changchun, CHN, first U.S. podium since 1983, 2006

Stage World Cup Results

2008: Sprint FS, Houghton, MI

Three top 10 sprints at Junior Worlds (2001, ’02, ’03)

Six World Cup top-15s in sprints, 2006
4th in sprint at U-23 Championships, 2004