It was an uphill battle, but young Sadie Bjornsen impressed both her country and the world at her first-ever Olympic Games. (Getty Images/Ryan Pierse)
Liz Stephen led the U.S. Ski Team with a strong 12th place finish in a 10k freestyle race in Davos.
Ida Sargent led the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team in 15th with four athletes qualifying for heats in a freestyle sprint World Cup.
The U.S. women closed the gap in a 10k classic race in Davos as the World Cup tour left Scandinavia for the higher elevation Swiss Alps.
Sadie Bjornsen skied to 18th overall in the three day World Cup mini-tour in Lillehammer.
Jessie Diggins was 15th in the women's 5k freestyle, the second leg of a World Cup mini tour in Lillehammer.
Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) led the U.S. Ski Team with a 21st place finish in the opening event of the three-day Lillehammer World Cup mini tour in a freestyle sprint.
Sadie Bjornsen led the U.S. Ski Team finishing 17th in the women's 10k classic World Cup in Ruka.
Olympian Ida Sargent skied to a career best fifth as the FIS Cross Country World Cup opened in Ruka, FInland with a classic sprint.
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team will take a strong summer and fall preparation period into this weekend's FIS World Cup opener in Ruka.
Noah Hoffman and Sadie Bjornsen (seen here at 2013 U.S. Championships in Utah) both capped their respective seasons Friday with U.S. distance titles to wrap up the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships.
Liz Stephen skied up from 37th in the 7.5k classic leg to finish 15th in the Falun mini-tour skiathlon.
Three-time World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall received her globe after a fourth-place finish in Friday's classic sprint, the final sprint of the season as well as the opening of the three-day Stage World Cup mini-tour finale in Falun.
Kikkan Randall, seen here with Norway’s Marit Bjoergen at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, skied to a career-best 12th in the 30k classic World Cup at Holmenkollen Sunday.
Kikkan Randall clinched a third straight FIS World Cup sprint title, finishing seventh in a classic sprint at Drammen.
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In her third season on the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team, Sadie Bjornsen made an impressive Olympic debut in Sochi. The 24-year-old competed in three events, including logging the fastest leg of the women’s 4x5k relay that finished in ninth place among the world’s top national ski teams.
Another product of the Alaska Pacific University pipeline, Bjornsen scored her highest individual World Cup finish ever in 2014, taking seventh in the 10k classic at the Ruka Triple in Kuusamo, Finland. She also qualified for the World Cup sprint finals in Falun, Sweden.
After recovering from off-season injuries in 2013, Bjornsen had a breakout year, scoring her second and third national titles on the way to helping the 4x5k relay team to an historic fourth place at World Championships. That was all after this Washington native earned All-America honors as a college freshman in 2011 and skied in her first World Championships in Oslo that same winter.
Bjornsen overcame rookie jitters to perform well on the Olympic stage, and is upping her strength in the offseason to push for the podium at World Championships.
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