Noah Hoffman’s decision to pursue competitive cross country skiing right out of high school has paid off sweetly, as he strides into 2014 with two World Championships invites and two U.S. titles under his belt. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Noah Hoffman and Sadie Bjornsen (seen here at 2013 U.S. Championships in Utah) both capped their respective seasons Friday with U.S. distance titles to wrap up the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships.
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall skied into 13th Sunday in the 10k freestyle pursuit, closing the three-day Falun mini-tour and putting a stamp on another successful World Cup season.
Noah Hoffman, seen here at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, muscled through the Holmenkollen 50k classic World Cup race Saturday to earn the top result for the USA in 29th.
Kikkan Randall, seen here at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, took the top spot for the USA Sunday with 21st in the 10k freestyle World Cup race, the final event of the Lahti Ski Games.
Here is Noah Hoffman chasing race-winner Alexander Legkov of Russia on Sunday, when Hoffman finished 26th after an impressive performance at the 50k cross country race, the final event 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.
Springtime temperatures ruled the course for a second day in a row Friday at the men’s 15k classic of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Here’s Kris Freeman battling the loose and challenging track.
Noah Hoffman skied into the top spot for the USA Sunday, finishing 35th in the Olympic skiathlon at the Laura Cross Country Ski Center.
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.
Jessie Diggins and Liz Stephen in the finish Sunday in Val di Fiemme, Italy after Stephen posted the USA's best overall Tour de Ski finish in history with seventh, skiing to the third-fastest time of the day up the 9k Alpe Cermis hill climb finale.
World Champion Jessie Diggins earned a career-best World Cup classic result Saturday, skiing into 10th in the Val di Fiemme 5k, the sixth stage of the Tour de Ski.
Liz Stephen posted the fifth-fastest time of the day Friday, starting from 22nd to finish 12th in the 15k pursuit stage of the Tour de Ski.
Workers prepare the course for cross country ski racing’s most grueling nine days beginning Saturday in Oberhof with the opening of the eighth running of the Tour de Ski.
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Because of his early success and passion for the sport, Noah Hoffman took a year off between high school and college to focus on his cross country skiing. Fast-forward the years and Hoffman is now a six-year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team and is poised to become the new face of U.S. distance ski racing.
The 2013 season marked a continued improvement in Hoffman’s skiing, and the results stacked up for the Aspen native. After earning a top-10 finish at the Canmore World Cup, Hoffman made a statement at his second World Championships, claiming two top-15 results in the 4x10k relay and 15k freestyle. He also finished his first Tour de Ski and won his second national title in the 15k classic pursuit.
These results came on the heels of a breakout 2012 campaign that saw Hoffman earn his first national title and a silver medal in the U23 World Championships in Turkey.
This summer I am looking forward to taking another step towards my goal of becoming the best distance cross country skier in the world by improving my upper body strength and power and also improving my speed for short races. I hope to show the gains I’ve made by continuing to have success on the World Cup, finishing the Tour de Ski in the top-20 overall and achieving a top-10 result at the Olympic Winter Games.
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