Liz Stephen secured her best individual result yet earning a spot in the top five in the 10k individual skate at the FIS World Nordic Ski Championships. She had the top U.S. Ski Team finish with her teammates Jessie Diggins, Holly Brooks, and Kikkan Randall following in 23rd, 27th, and 30th.
“I would have been psyched with a top ten and to actually have met to top five goal – which was definitely the far-reached one – I’m pretty ecstatic,” exclaimed Stephen. “I couldn’t have done it without the team behind me. The first person that gave me a hug was Holly [Brooks] in the finish zone. The entire team was there afterwards. I’m so lucky to be a part of something so big right now.”
This strong showcase from the U.S. Ski Team just adds to the momentum the World Champs have had all season. While Norway’s Therese Johaug snatched the top spot, this was still an historic best for the U.S. women’s team in the event.
“Today was a tough one for me personally. I felt like I was missing the power and capacity I had in my distance skating earlier this season,” stated Randall on her performance. “I was probably a little fatigued from the team sprint two days ago and since I haven’t done very much distance skate racing since the Tour, my aerobic system may have been a little asleep.”
Tune in Wednesday as the men take on the 15k individual skate in the sunny mountains of Val di Fiemme.