Sadie Bjornsen

HOMETOWN Mazama, Washington
AGE 21
  • 2011 US National Championships, Rumford, ME, 1st (10km Classic)
  • 2011 US National Championships, Rumford, ME, 3rd (Classic Sprint)
  • 2011 US National Championships, Rumford, ME, 3rd (Freestyle Sprints)
  • 2011 Haywood NorAm Sovereign Lake, BC, 2nd (Classic Sprint)
  • 2011 Haywood NorAm Rossland, BC, 1st (Freestyle Sprint
  • 2011 Haywood NorAm Rossland, BC, 2nd (10km Classic)
  • Junior National Champion 4x
ABOUT I am currently racing for Alaska Pacific University out of Anchorage alongside the strongest women’s team in the US. Last year I made the switch from Methow Olympic Development Team in my hometown to racing at APU and attending school in a quest to attain my bachelors degree in Accounting. I couldn’t be happier where I am. The team atmosphere within the APU team is incredible. The excitement, enthusiasm, drive and team moral is what has truly helped me reach new levels this year. It is fun to turn an individual sport into a team effort that allows everyone to rise up and push each other. 

I began skiing as a very young child when I got sick of getting too cold riding up the chair lifts alpine skiing. I decided it seemed like a better idea to “ski up” and then ski down as well. When Olympic athlete, Laura McCabe, became my neighbor, I was set on becoming an Olympian one day. Growing up in an athletic family with two siblings close in age, my competitive nature was developed at a very young age. Since I was about 5-years-old I have been competing in all types of sports – mountain biking, swimming, running, and skiing.

I really love Nordic skiing because I love testing my mind and body to see how hard I can push. After putting in so much hard work through the off season, it is such a rewarding feeling to be able to test my capacity and new skills through the racing season. I think the places that I get to go, and the people I meet, are what truly make this journey magical.

Last year I made a big jump in my racing career starting at my first FIS World Cups, and then went on to race at the Nordic World Championships in Olso, Norway. I look forward to getting in some solid training during the summer with my teammate and one of the most talented skiers on the circuit, Kikkan Randall. It will be fun to see how things develop from here.

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