Sadie Bjornsen, who grabbed solid results all season long, competes at the 2016 Ski Tour Canada. (Steven Earl)
Sadie and Erik Bjornsen led the way for the USA in day two of the FIS Cross Country World Cup Finals Saturday.
Norway’s Martin Sundby took the win for the men in Saturday’s 50k classic mass start with Marit Bjoergen of Norway taking Sunday’s 30k women’s title.
Sophie Caldwell finished ninth to lead the USA in a classic city sprint through the streets of Drammen Wednesday.
Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen were the wild card in an event not historically a U.S. strength, and an event in which the U.S. had never medaled at World Championships.
In an event that has become a focal point at World Championships, the USA finished fourth Thursday in the women’s 4x5k relay.
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team has announced its team that will compete Thursday in the women’s 4x5k relay where the Americans are expected to be contenders.
Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) skied to bronze Sunday in the classic team sprint at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti.
Bjornsen led the USA at the final World Cup event before next week’s 2017 Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland.
The USA1 women’s relay team came up an eyelash short of the podium Sunday in the 4x5k mixed technique relay in Sweden.
Jessie Diggins returned after a nearly two-week break to lead the USA, finishing seventh in the women’s 10k World Cup freestyle in Sweden.
The Tour de Ski is cross country ski racing's version of cycling's Tour de France. Alpe Cermis is its Alpe d'Huez.
Jessie Diggins skied a strong classic race Saturday to hold her fifth place ranking in the Tour de Ski heading into Sunday's hill climb finale.
Jessie Diggins held onto her fifth place Tour de Ski overall standing following Wednesday’s 10k freestyle pursuit in Oberstdorf.
Jessie Diggins moved into fifth in the overall standings after finishing second in the women’s 5k/5k skiathlon in stage three of the Tour de Ski at Oberstdorf.
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Sadie Bjornsen has notched several top-10 World Cup finishes and consistent World Cup points over the last three seasons. Her breakthrough year during the Sochi Olympic season saw her top results primarily in classic events, but this season was balanced across disciplines and between sprint and distance racing.
Bjornsen’s best result of the 2015-16 season was in the 4x5k relay in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, where the team skied to a historic second place finish. It was the best ever U.S. women’s relay finish, as strong opening classic legs—one skied by Bjornsen—set the team up for success.
Bjornsen’s best individual finishes of the 2015-16 season included a seventh place in a 1.5k freestyle sprint during the FIS Tour de Ski in Lenzerheide, Switzerland and another seventh place in a 5k individual classic race in Falun, Sweden.
Bjornsen grew up in an athletic family with three close siblings, so her competitive personality was nothing but expected. “Being outdoors and competing in many sports all year allowed me to develop an athletic lifestyle filled with lots of different types of races and competitions,” says Bjornsen. Starting as an alpine skier at about six years old, she eventually switched to cross country skiing when she got frustrated with “getting cold riding up the chairlift.” From then on, the Washington native started dreaming about being an Olympic skier and looked up to her neighbor, good friend and former Olympic skier Laura McCabe.
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When she's not training Bjornsen enjoys spending time in the mountains, whether she’s on foot, skis, a bike or in climbing gear. She graduated in the spring of 2015 from Alaska Pacific University with a double major in Accounting and Nonprofit Business Management. Bjornsen is now currently working towards a Masters in Business at APU.
5th, Team Sprint FS, Sochi, RUS, 2013
14th, Overall in World Cup Standings, 2015-16
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