As one of the best sprinters in the business, Vermonter Andy Newell relishes going fast, a pursuit he keeps up on his 1970 Triumph motorcycle and in the Olympic Games. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Kikkan Randall clinched a third straight FIS World Cup sprint title, finishing seventh in a classic sprint at Drammen.
Two-time World Cup champion Kikkan Randall made a statement Saturday with rookie teammate Sophie Caldwell as the two took first and third at the Lahti World Cup sprints, the first-ever double podium for U.S. women.
Andy Newell (right) kicks off the men’s relay, where Team USA came up from the back of the pack Sunday to finish 11th.
Kikkan Randall suffered a heartbreaking loss Tuesday when she was knocked out of the individual freestyle sprint event Tuesday at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, while rookie Sophie Caldwell (pictured) skied into sixth and the top spot for the USA.
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall powered to fifth in the Toblach freestyle sprints, the final World Cup before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
14 athletes, led by World Champion Kikkan Randall, were nominated to the U.S. Olympic team in cross country skiing today. (Photo: Reese Brown)
Liz Stephen, seen here at 2013 World Championships, skied to her career best FIS World Cup finish in sixth in the women’s 10k classic mass start Sunday in Szklarska Poreba, Poland.
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall topped every one of her heats Saturday to take her 10th World Cup victory in the Szlarska Poreba sprints.
Andy Newell chases Emil Joensson of team Sweden 2. Newell and Simi Hamilton went on to finish fifth in the team sprints Sunday in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.
World Cup champion Kikkan Randall sealed her 10th career FIS World Cup victory Saturday, winning the freestyle sprint at Nove Mesto.
Liz Stephen led the USA finishing 26th in the 10k classic mass start as the Tour de Ski now leaves the Swiss Alps and heads to Italy.
Simi Hamilton powered to his first World Cup win, taking the stage three freestyle sprint in the Tour de Ski in Lenzerheide.
Andy Newell, seen here at World Championships, skied into 10th place after qualifying 12th at the slushy freestyle sprint in Oberhof Sunday, the second stage of the Tour de Ski.
World Champion Jessie Diggins finished fifth and newcomer Sophie Caldwell (pictured) finished ninth at the women’s Tour de Ski 3k prologue Saturday in rainy Oberhof, Germany.
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Andy Newell doesn’t just ski fast, he lives that way too. A self-proclaimed “adrenaline junkie”, the Vermont native’s love of extreme sports and pushing the limits has helped him develop into one of the fastest sprinters in U.S. history as well as one of the catalysts of the U.S. Nordic Team’s competitive rebirth.
Newell’s 2013 season saw a number of solid results, including six top-10 finishes on the World Cup circuit. Newell also competed in his sixth World Championships, helping the 4x5k relay team to a 10th-place finish.
Prior to 2013, Newell grabbed three World Cup podiums, including the first U.S. cross country podium in two decades with a third place finish in the freestyle sprint in Changchun, CHN in 2006. In 2006 Newell also placed 16th in the freestyle sprint at the Olympics in Torino, ITA—the best U.S. Olympic men’s result ever in that event. Add to that a U.S. Championship title in 2008 and three top-10 sprints at Junior Worlds, and Newell has stacked quite the resume.
With plans for Sochi already in the works, Newell looks to shake up the standings and get himself on the sprint podium.
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