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. (Getty Images/AFP/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)
As the 2015-16 season approaches, Liz walks through the preparation season that will send her onto the tour in late November.
Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) and Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK) cracked the top 10 in the third stage of Toppidrettsveka—a 15k skiathlon at the Knyken ski center in Orkdal on Friday.
Olympian Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) opened the three-day Toppidrettsveka roller ski stage race, finishing fifth in a classic sprint. Noah Hoffman and Stephen finishing third in the uphill running race.
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team will kickoff its 2015-16 season on wheels. Eight members of the team are training in Norway in anticipation of this weekend’s three-day Toppidrettsveka roller ski competition, which will feature a World Cup-caliber field.
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team took over the Craft Sportswear Instagram account and shared their goals for the upcoming season with the hashtag #myracestartshere.
Catilin Gregg and Noah Hoffman took the U.S. National 30k / 50k titles today near Ketchum, Idaho.
With temperatures warming towards spring and snowpack lower than average this year, the time will be tight to sneak in the SuperTour Finals and Spring Series events scheduled in Sun Valley, ID.
Liz Stephen led a best-ever U.S. women's long distance finish finishing ninth and leading three Americans into the top 19.
Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) hung on for an 11th place result in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 30k classic mass start, a race defined by Norway’s Therese Johaug who broke away with a sharp pace early and held on for an impressive win.
The U.S. women finished fourth in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 3x5k relay.
Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) used the power of a strong skate leg to ski into eleventh place leading the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 15k skiathlon event. Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) finished 20th. Erik Bjor
The USSA named 16 athletes to the 2015 Cross Country World Championships Team that will compete in Falun, Sweden.
Jessie Diggins was fifth, Liz Stephen seventh as the U.S. Ski Team closed out a strong weekend in Rybinsk.
Liz Stephen finished second on Friday in the 10k freestyle race in Rybinsk, Russia—the top World Cup distance result by an American woman.
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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 this year’s Tour de Ski with a fifth place overall effort. Following up that result with a second place finish at the Rybinsk World Cup in the 10k freestyle event, Stephen demonstrated a steadfast mental strength and more physical power than previous seen in her skiing. “I spent a lot of last off season working on the mental aspects of this sport,” Stephen said after the World Cup podium. “It’s something I’m proud to see pay off.”
The two-time Olympian and four-time World Championship team member will again be based out of the Center for Excellence in Park City, UT. “I spent a lot of time after the (Sochi) Olympics sorting out if I would return to the sport. This team is the reason I did and I’m doing it with everything I have,” Stephen said of her continued time as a leader for the U.S. Ski Team.
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