Simi Hamilton is from a family of snow lovers, so when he got a chance to turn skiing into a career, he pushed full steam ahead, landing on the 2010 Olympic team in Vancouver. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall won a pre-season 1.2-kilometer freestyle sprint FIS race on Sunday during the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team’s first race series of the 2013-14 Olympic season.
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Andy Newell skied to his best finish in three years finishing fourth in a classic sprint World Cup in Davos.
The USA had a strong showing in team sprints, winning both men's and women's semi-finals heats.
Kikkan Randall led start to finish in every heat to take the freestyle sprint Olympic test event in Sochi.
Five women and two men qualified into sprint finals at the Laura Cross Country Ski Center in Sochi.
A strong team of 13 was named by the USSA for the upcoming FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Val di Fiemme.
Ida Sargent and Sadie Bjornsen led the USA finishing seventh in a freestyle team sprint in Liberec.
The USA will open the Quebec sprints Friday with four men's and four women's teams. Live coverage on the USSA Network begins at 1:50 p.m. EST.
Ida Sargent powered her way to a breakthrough career best tenth in the opening classic sprint at the Ruka Triple.
Kikkan Randall skied to second in her leg to lead the U.S. women in the World Cup relay in Sjusjoen.
Athlete Spotlight: Simi Hamilton Simi Hamilton grew up in Aspen, CO with skiing in his blood. Since before he can remember, he spent every non-school day during the winter either on the alpine hill or out on the cross country trails around Aspen.
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Born and raised in Aspen, skiing came as second nature to Simi Hamilton. After a stellar career at Vermont’s Middlebury College—one that saw him earn All-American honors three times—Hamilton made the leap to the world stage, scoring points in his first-ever World Cup race and making the Olympic squad fresh out of school in 2010.
Since then Hamilton has become a consistent point scorer on the World Cup circuit, scoring five times in 2013 and finishing as high as seventh. That performance followed similar success in 2012, where Hamilton put up points five times and finished with two top-10 results.
Known for his sprinting, Hamilton has also won a U.S. title and has nine Junior National titles to his name. After graduating from college, he moved to Sun Valley to ski with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation program and eventually linked up with the U.S. Ski Team and their training facility in Park City, UT. Now Hamilton splits his time between the two training facilities, increasing his strengths in both skate and classic techniques as he eyes a shot at his second Olympic berth.
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