Sadie Bjornsen, who grabbed solid results all season long, competes at the 2016 Ski Tour Canada. (Steven Earl)
Sadie Bjornsen answers our three questions on what makes her a champion.
Jessie Diggins dup deep in the eighth and final stage to claim fifth overall in the final Ski Tour Canada standings.
After the sixth stage of the Ski Tour Canada, Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) moved back up to fifth in the overall Tour standings, while Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) moved to 11th.
Jessie Diggins and Erik Bjornsen led the U.S. team in a FIS World Cup 1.5k classic sprint in fifth state of the Ski Tour Canada in Canmore Tuesday.
Two U.S. women skied to a top-10 finish in a FIS World Cup 10k freestyle pursuit in the Ski Tour Canada on Saturday. Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) finished fifth overall while Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) finished 10th.
Ski Tour Canada continued with the third event Friday as Sadie Bjornsen and Simi Hamilton both finished eighth to led the U.S. Team in the 1.5/1.7k freestyle sprint.
Jessie Diggins led the U.S. Team for the second day, finishing eighth in a FIS Nordic World Cup 10.5k classic mass start race.
Sadie Bjornsen led the U.S. team with a 15th place finish in a FIS World Cup skiathlon race on Sunday.
Jessie Diggins grabbed her fourth podium performance of the season to lead the U.S. at the 1.6k freestyle sprint at the Lahti Ski Games.
Jessie Diggins led the U.S team on Saturday in a FIS World Cup 5k individual classic race in fifth, as teammate Sadie Bjornsen was 7th.
Sadie Bjornsen led the U.S. women’s team in 22nd in Sunday’s Holmenkollen 30k FIS World Cup classic race.
The U.S. women’s team skied to a second place finish in the FIS World Cup 4x5k relay on Sunday, the best ever U.S. women’s relay finish.
Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. team with a third-place finish in Saturday’s FIS World Cup 10k freestyle.
With two stage wins at the Tour de Ski, a myriad of career-best results for various athletes and top 10s galore, the U.S. Cross Country team is looking strong for the next few months of racing.
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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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