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. (Reese Brown)
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Jessie Diggins dup deep in the eighth and final stage to claim fifth overall in the final Ski Tour Canada standings.
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Jessie Diggins led the U.S. team for the second day, finishing fourth in a FIS World Cup 10k freestyle mass start on Sunday.
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Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. team with a third-place finish in Saturday’s FIS World Cup 10k freestyle.
essie Diggins (Afton, MN) and Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) skied to career-best Tour de Ski overall finishes on Sunday's final stage.
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Liz Stephen packs a lot of strength, energy and integrity into her small frame. Wiry and strong, the last five years have been a sharp ascent up the ranks of distance skiing—a fitting trajectory for Stephen, who is known throughout the racing community as one of the best climbers in the world.
Stephen began her career at Burke Mountain Academy, along with current women’s team coach Matt Whitcomb, and has grown from an alpine racing convert a decade ago to the historic best finisher for the United States at the 2015 Tour de Ski with a fifth place overall effort. Stephen brought more fight back to the 2016 Tour de Ski, where she posted the second-fastest hill climb during the grueling 9k Alpe Cermis on the final stage of the Tour. Stephen was also a part of the historic 4x5k relay team in Nove Mesto, where Stephen broke away from Finland in the third leg to set up a convincing second-place finish for relay anchor Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN). The two-time Olympian and four-time World Championship team member will again be based out of the USSA Center of Excellence in Park City, UT.
OFF THE SNOW
24th, 30k FS, Sochi, RUS, 2014 (best U.S. finisher)
4th, 4x5k Relay, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013
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