Two weeks into the World Cup season, Sadie Bjornsen is positioning herself as an Olympic medal contender within the particular person basic dash.
For the second straight week, the Anchorage skier made the rostrum in a basic dash race, one of many occasions that shall be contested on the Winter Olympics in February.
Bjornsen, 28, grabbed third place in Saturday’s race in Lillehammer, Norway, every week after her second-place end in Kuusamo, Finland.
No different lady made the rostrum in each races.
“After final weekend’s podium, I attempted to maintain the momentum and confidence going, and see what I might do immediately,” Bjornsen stated by e-mail. “I managed to have an ideal qualifier, qualifying first, for the second yr in a row right here in Lillehammer.
“Final yr I made some errors leaping in behind individuals, so immediately I made a decision I wanted to make use of my strengths, and that was to only go as quick as I might over your complete course, and attempt to ‘tire out’ the sprinters.”
Till this season, Bjornsen had one World Cup podium particular person end to her credit score, a 3rd-place end in a 5-kilometer freestyle. Although most of her success has are available distance occasions, she confirmed her prowess at dash distances final season on the World Championships, the place she and Jessie Diggins captured the bronze medal within the workforce dash.
In Saturday’s finals, Bjornsen fought via the ache that comes with an extended day of racing to edge Stina Nilsson of Sweden – final week’s winner – for the third-place spot.
“As quickly as I began, I might really feel it was going to really harm,” Bjornsen wrote. “I stored my head preventing all the approach, giving an additional push over the ultimate climb regardless of barely with the ability to stand on my legs filled with lactic acid. Then within the ending stretch, because of a tremendous pair of skis, I received a pleasant draft and was capable of outsprint Stina.”
Norway’s Maiken Caspersen Falla gained the race and Finland’s Krista Parmakoski was second.
Bjornsen was amongst two People who made the finals. Diggins, of Afton, Minnesota, completed sixth, a outcome that clinched her a spot on the U.S. Olympic staff. A 3rd American, Vermont’s Sophie Caldwell, completed ninth, every week after putting eighth in Finland.
“It feels fairly particular to have three women within the prime 10,” Bjornsen wrote. “That’s darn thrilling for an enormous season to return.”
Bjornsen, Diggins and Caldwell have all secured berths on the Olympic group by advantage of their World Cup performances.
Two of Bjornsen’s teammates on the…