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Liz Stephen started her young career as an alpine skier at Vermont’s Burke Mountain Academy, but later found her calling on the cross country course. The U.S. Team can count their blessings on that decision, as Stephen has quickly become a key distance asset to the women’s side, competing on three World Championship teams and reaching her second Olympics in 2014.

Stephen’s Sochi push was an impressive one, earning the best U.S. finish in the 30k and bolstering the U.S. relay squad in the 4x5k relay. The Vermont native also recorded her highest individual result on the World Cup, snagging sixth in the Szklarska Poreba, Poland 10k classic. She also posted six more scoring results in the World Cup, bringing her career total to 22.

In 2013 Stephen was part of the fourth place World Championships 4x5 relay team and took fifth in the 10k freestyle at the same event. Just two years earlier, a young Stephen made her Olympic debut in Vancouver, and two years before that in 2008, she stood on the podium at the U23 World Championships with a bronze medal finish.

Stephen will spend her offseason in Park City training at the USSA Center of Excellence as she prepares for another stellar season in 2015.

It was another fun season on the World Cup, and being a member of my second Olympic Team was of course a highlight this year.  I will be training in Park City again this summer between training camps with the team and am looking forward to next season already.

Stephen started skiing early and was a promising alpine racer, but she crossed over to cross country as a high school sophomore (Winter '02) just as now U.S. women’s coach Matt Whitcomb was rebooting the Burke Mountain Academy nordic program. High energy and a quick study, Stephen started running on skis and did well until she learned to ski on skis. Then she did even better. In 2004 she was the J1 10K classic champion at Junior Olympics. Skiing used to complement her running, but now it’s the other way around.

Stephen has adopted the USSA Center of Excellence as her training home, also taking classes at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. She likes to read, adventure with friends - especially in the desert or the mountains - and jump in cold lakes or rivers whenever she can find one. Being based in Park City with over 400 miles of trails, she recently started mountain biking both for fun and training.



Team: 2010, 2014
24th, 30k FS, Sochi, RUS, 2014 (Best U.S. Finisher)

Teams: 2009, 2011, 2013
4th, 4x5k Relay, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013
5th, 10k FS, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013
15th, 15k pursuit, Liberec, CZE, 2009
16th, 30k FS mst, Oslo, NOR, 2011

6th, 10k classic, Szklarska Poreba, POL, 2014
Scored in 11 races, finished 15th in World Cup distance standings, 2013
24th, 15k pursuit, Whistler, BC, 2009 (first World Cup points in second career race)

Stage World Cup Results

2013, 5k F, Lenzerheide, SUI
2011, 20k F, Rumford, ME
2009, 7.5k C pursuit, Fairbanks, AK
2009, 30k C mst, Fairbanks, AK
2008, 30k C mst, Fairbanks, AK
2008, 15k C pursuit, Fairbanks, AK
2008, 10k F, Callaghan Valley, CAN
2006, 5k F, Soldier Hollow, UT

Bronze, U23 World Championships, 2008
7th, 5k FS, Junior World Championships, 2007
7th, pursuit, Junior World Championships, 2006