American Liz Stephen Wins Three Golds at U.S. National Nordic Ski Champ’s

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 30, 2009 11:03 am


Rising U.S. Nordic Ski Team star Liz Stephen emerged as the SUPER star at the 2009 U.S. National Nordic Skiing Championships, in Fairbanks, AK. The tiny skier from Vermont is actually a mega force to be reckoned with. Stephen claimed three National titles over the weekend, in the women’s 30 K, 15K Pursuit, and the Team Sprint (with Morgan Smyth). As the events require different physical attributes (the distance events necessitate extreme endurance, while the sprints employ quick, fast-twitch muscle fibers), it’s unusual for an athlete to excel in all realms.

Yet at just 22, Stephen made it look easy. Even so, she’s not planning on easing up anytime, soon. "It’s great to end the season confident going into next year. It’s fun to be able to be tired, but to still be able to hold on and pull off some great races at the end of the season," Stephen said. "It definitely makes me excited to get ready this summer for next season."

On the men’s side, James Southam (Anchorage, AK) took the gold in the 30K and Classic events, and Torin Koos and Chris Cook won the Team Sprint.