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Andy Newell has made a career of pushing the limits. The self-proclaimed “adrenaline junkie” loves extreme sports and has even carried his skills over to cross country skiing, sending tricks off of big kickers and rewriting the boundaries of his sport. Along the way, Newell has developed into one of the fastest sprinters in U.S. history, making three Olympic squads and, count them, six World Championship teams.

After a medical scare in Sochi, Newell ended his 2014 on a high note, placing eighth in the classic sprint at World Cup finals in Falun, Sweden. The Vermont native also collected a sixth in the Szklarska Poreba World Cup sprint and an eighth at the Lenzerheide Stage World Cup sprint final.

Newell’s career also includes three World Cup podiums, a U.S. Championship and a 16th in the freestyle sprint at the 2006 Torino Olympics—the highest ever by a U.S. man in that event.

The veteran U.S. skier will celebrate his 10th year on the team in 2015, an accomplishment he would love to commemorate with a World Championships medal.

My favorite aspect of cross country ski racing is that our races can be so different. Cross country skiers need to be able to tackle uphills, downhills, corners, and everything inbetween. They also need to be able to go fast in all conditions and for a wide range of distances. This makes racing very exciting and challenging for us athletes. Some of my favorite races are the city sprints such as Stockholm or Drammen where the World Cup gets to race right through downtown on the streets. There are always so many fans and the atmosphere is super rowdy, it can be a fun change from racing through the woods. 

Newell was skiing by three, racing by five and hasn't stopped since. After moving through Stratton Mountain School and its well-respected cross country program, he produced top-10 results at Junior Worlds. He was top-10 in the sprint at Junior Worlds for three straight years (2001-03). He won his first Continental Cup race, a sprint, at Silver Star, BC, in November 2001 and moved on to clinch a team spot at his first Olympics.

I always love going on surf trips or other outdoor adventures. I enjoy playing music, guitar, and singing. I am involved with many Environmental organizations like Protect Our Winters and encourage other athletes to be proactive about climate change activism. 




Teams: 2006, 2010, 2014
9th, Team Sprint FS, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
11th, 4x10k Relay, Sochi, RUS, 2014
16th, sprint FS, Torino, ITA, 2006 (best U.S. Olympic men's individual sprint result)

FIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (top 15 individual results)

Teams: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
5th, sprint CL, Sapporo, JPN, 2007

10th, 4x5k Relay, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013
10th, sprint FS, Oslo, NOR, 2011

12th, sprint FS, Liberec, CZE, 2009

WORLD CUP (top 5 individual and team results)
3 World Cup podiums (thru 2013 season)

6 World Cup top-10s in sprints, 2013
3rd, Sprint FS, Changchun, CHN, first U.S. podium since 1983, 2006

Stage World Cup Results
8th, Sprint CL, Falun, SWE, 2014

2008: Sprint FS, Houghton, MI

Three top 10 sprints at Junior Worlds (2001, ’02, ’03)

Six World Cup top-15s in sprints, 2006
4th in sprint at U-23 Championships, 2004