|HOMETOWN||East Montpelier, Vermont|
|TEAM||US Ski Team, Continental Cup Team|
|CLUB||Burke Mountain Academy|
|ABOUT||Liz Stephen was an alpine racer and a pretty good cross-country runner when she enrolled in the Burke Mountain Academy. She has started skiing early and was a promising alpine racer but her passion for alpine faded as she learned to love cross-country skiing after someone suggested that she try it as a cross-training sport for running during the off season. Stephen crossed over to xc skiing as a sophomore (Winter 2002) just as Matt Whitcomb was rebooting the BMA Nordic program.
High energy and a quick study, alpine’s loss was cross-country’s gain as Stephen learnt how to “run” away from other skiers. In 2004, she was the J1 10km xc ski classic champion at the JOs and a couple of days before she turned 19, she tied for her first U.S. xc ski championship title in the 10km. “I just go out and ski and what happens happens,” says Stephen. “I wanted skiing to complement my running but instead my running is now complementing my skiing.”