TOBLACH, Italy (Feb. 1) – Olympian Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) skied into the top spot for the USA in 11th during the warm and rainy FIS World Cup 10k classic race Saturday, less than a week before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Norway’s Marit Bjoergen and Therese Johaug went one-two in the race, while World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) finished 15th. The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team just returned from a weeklong training session in Seiser Alm, Italy, and is set to take on World Cup sprints on Sunday, the final event before the Sochi Games.
Olympian Liz Stephen, seen here racing at World Championships, skied into the top spot for the USA in 11th during the warm and rainy FIS World Cup 10k classic race Saturday. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
It was great to get back to racing today after another training break. I haven't done so much distance racing since Christmas so it's taking a little bit to get the feeling back. I was really happy with the way I felt today and my skis worked great. It snowed a ton over the last two days and then turned to rain this morning, but the tracks were in surprisingly good condition.
Our training camp at high altitude over the last two weeks went exactly as we had planned and my form is sharpening more with each session. Today's race was a great effort to kick my body back into race gear and I'm looking forward to another skate sprint tomorrow.
It's great to be in the final stretch to Sochi. The energy and spirit on the team is high and we're really looking forward to the games!