September 25, 2012 (Auburn, New Hampshire) – Fischer Skis announced today that four of the six A Team athletes on the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team have committed to race on Fischer skis through the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia. Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, Ala.), Andrew Newell (Shaftsbury, Vt.), Kris Freeman (Andover, N.H.) and Simeon Hamilton (Aspen, Colo.) have used Fischer Skis throughout their entire international competitive careers on the World Cup circuit and at World Championship and Olympic events.
Joining the four A Team athletes are B Team athletes Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, Wash.) and Ida Sargent (Orleans, Vt.) and D Team athletes Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, Wash.) and Skyler Davis (Jericho, Vt.). Together, these eight racers make up the majority of the 2012-2013 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team.
“This is by far the strongest group of Fischer athletes we have assembled going into a World Championship and Olympic cycle,” said Chris Hall, Nordic racing director, Fischer Skis U.S.A. “With Kikkan coming off of her 2012 World Cup Sprint title, the experience and savvy of Andy and Kris, Simi‚s jump to the A Team and the emergence of Sadie and Ida, the future looks very good for our next two racing seasons.”
Each athlete will be equipped with Carbonlite Skating Hole skis, Carbonlite Skating Hole S-Track skis, Carbonlite Classic skis, Carbonlite Classic S-Track skis and long-time proven winners, the RCS Zero skis. In addition, Erik Bjornsen will use Carbonlite Skating, Classic and Pursuit boots for the next two seasons as he strives to make his first Olympic team in 2014.
“Chasing after World Championship and Olympic medals takes supreme dedication and unwavering confidence,” said Kikkan Randall, U.S. Ski Team member and Fischer ski athlete. “When I am putting everything on the line, I choose Fischer skis because I trust their dedication to provide the best equipment and service.”
The 2012-2013 World Cup season begins in Gållivare, Sweden, where the majority of these athletes will compete in the opening World Cup races and follow the World Cup circuit with the goal of achieving top results at the 2013 Nordic World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy. The remaining athletes will begin their racing season over Thanksgiving week in West Yellowstone, Mont., at the opening races of the 2013 USSA SuperTour, looking for victories and eventually joining their teammates later in the season at World Championships.
“I have used Fischer skis in six consecutive World Championships and three consecutive Olympics,” said Kris Freeman, U.S. Ski Team member and Fischer ski athlete. “Because of Fischer’s quality, consistency and innovation, I am committed to using Fischer again in the upcoming World Championships this year and the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in 2014.”