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)
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.
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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For the third time this season, Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) led the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team in a freestyle sprint race, finishing fourth in the Tour de Ski Opener.
January 1st marks the 10th anniversary of the Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski - a nine-day seven-stage event in three different countries.
There was a time a decade and more ago when the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team was a mere participant in the relay. Today, that team is a contender.
The women battled it to the podium in the Lillehammer sprint on Saturday, taking third.
A dozen U.S. athletes will start this weekend in the Ruka Triple to open the FIS Cross Country World Cup
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.
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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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