When Simi Hamilton got a chance to make skiing a career he pushed full steam ahead, landing on the 2010 Olympic team in Vancouver and then following it up with a berth in the 2014 Sochi Games. (Getty Images/Harry How)
The USSA named 16 athletes to the 2015 Cross Country World Championships Team that will compete in Falun, Sweden.
Jessie Diggins was fifth to lead seven Americans who made the heats in a World Cup freestyle sprint in Rybinsk.
Rosie Brennan and Ida Sargent led U.S. team in a World Cup team sprint in Estonia.
Sadie Bjornsen led the USA finishing 15th in a classic sprint in Otepää.
Crashes took their toll in the Davis freestyle sprint World Cup as Kikkan Randall finished ninth and Sophie Caldwell 11th.
Olympian Ida Sargent skied to a career best fifth as the FIS Cross Country World Cup opened in Ruka, FInland with a classic sprint.
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team will take a strong summer and fall preparation period into this weekend's FIS World Cup opener in Ruka.
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.
Erik Bjornsen (right) anchored Team USA with Simi Hamilton to ski into sixth place Wednesday during the men’s team sprint classic of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Andy Newell (right) kicks off the men’s relay, where Team USA came up from the back of the pack Sunday to finish 11th.
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)
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.
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Some of the legendary Aspen ski lore must have rubbed off on Simi Hamilton. Born and raised in the Colorado ski town, Hamilton was a force in the amateur ski ranks and finished a stellar collegiate career at Vermont’s Middlebury College as a three-time All-American. His early success was enough for him to jump him into World Cup competition (where he scored in his first race) and onto the 2010 Olympic squad.
In 2014 Hamilton continued to impress the nordic world, making his second Olympic Team in as many tries. Hamilton’s real highlight came at the Oberhof Stage World Cup, where he finished on top of the podium in the freestyle sprint final.
Known for his sprinting, Hamilton has a U.S. title to his name and over a dozen scoring efforts on the World Cup circuit. The Team athlete also has nine Junior National Championships under his belt and three 2012 SuperTour podiums.
Nowadays, Hamilton splits his time between Sun Valley, where he skis with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Program, and Park City, home of the U.S. Ski Team. Training this summer for a potential World Championships bid next winter, Hamilton will be working hard to increase power and speed heading into the new season.
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