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Over the past decade the U.S. Cross-Country Ski Team has dramatically elevated its profile through podium results at world championships and world cup events. A decade ago, the U.S. was ranked 17th in the world. Today, the U.S. consistently competes against the best in the world and is among the top-six nations in the sport. The success of the U.S. team has come from consistency and stability, with veteran stars like Kikkan Randall and Andy Newell helping to foster a new group of stars every season. MORE

Sadie Bjornsen
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Hometown: Methow Valley, Washington
Olympic Experience: 2014
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Sadie Bjornsen is a product of the cross-country-rich Methow Valley in Washington. In her first major international championship event in 2011, she teamed with Kikkan Randall for a top-10 team sprint classic finish at world championships. The next season, she and Randall combined for a freestyle team sprint world cup podium. Since then, she has established herself as one of the most consistent performers in both freestyle and classic technique with more than 20 top-10 world cup finishes. She has been a vital member of the U.S. women's three world cup podium relay teams, skiing a classic leg. She broke through on the 2017 Tour de Ski, claiming bronze to secure the first individual podium finish of her career. At the 2017 World Championships, she aided the U.S. to a third-place finish in the team sprint classic. She is aiming to make her second U.S. Olympic Team after finishing in ninth place in the 4x5-kilometer relay in 2014.
About Sadie
Hidden talent: Working with numbers.

Something quirky: I talk and giggle in my sleep

Nickname: Sadzarue. It came from my very first email account I made in 5th grade that I used way too long. For some reason it stuck, and everyone still uses it... in fact they refuse to stop sending emails to it as well.
Jessie Diggins
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Hometown: Afton, Minnesota
Olympic Experience: 2014
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Jessie Diggins comes from a somewhat untraditional ski racing background, beginning her career as a successful high school racer. Since finding her way to the international tour, she has raised eyebrows with outstanding results. In 2013, she teamed with Kikkan Randall to win the freestyle team sprint gold medal at the world championships in Italy, becoming the first U.S. cross-country skiers to accomplish the feat. She followed that performance by claiming the silver medal in the 10-kilometer freestyle at the 2015 FIS World Championships. She then won stages at the Tour de Ski in both 2016 and 2017, and matched the U.S. record of fifth place with her 2017 tour ranking. She solidified her place among the world's best during the 2016-17 season, taking silver in the sprint freestyle and bronze in the team sprint classic at the 2017 FIS World Championships, while also capturing four top-five finishes on the FIS World Cup circuit to finish sixth in the overall standings. She will look to lead the U.S. women as they aim to top the highest Olympic finish in program history – sixth place – at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang.
About Jessie
Hidden talent: I'm not an amazing dancer, but I love to move!

Something quirky: Although I'm an energizer bunny and super bouncy during the day, I'm really sleepy in the mornings and my voice is always super husky. I'm also a dork and can quote movie lines exceptionally well, and I pretty much memorized the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars.

Nickname: Diggs. My teammates call me that, because I can dig deep into the "pain cave" during a race, and also because I used to fall down a lot!
Simi Hamilton
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Hometown: Aspen, Colorado
Olympic Experience: 2010, 2014
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Simi Hamilton made his mark with a surprise win in the Tour de Ski freestyle sprint in 2013. At the Sochi Olympic Winter Games in 2014, he and Erik Bjornsen combined to finish sixth in the classic team sprint, marking his best Olympic performance to date. In his most recent FIS World Cup circuit in 2016-17, he tallied four top-10 finishes, including a silver medal in the sprint freestyle in Italy. He finished the world cup season ranked 30th overall and ninth in the sprint, which were both bests for an American man last season. Ending the year on a high note, he once again paired with Bjornsen to place fifth in the team sprint at the 2017 FIS World Championships, recording the best-ever finish by a U.S. men's sprint team in event history. A veteran member of the U.S. ski team, he will attend his third Olympic Games should he be selected to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team.
About Simi
Hidden talent: I'm pretty good at tying a whole bunch of different climbing knots.

Something quirky: If I'm about to see someone who I haven't seen in a long time, I'll run through a mock conversation between them and me beforehand. But sometimes I forget to just keep the conversation in my head and I'll start actually talking out loud as if I am both myself and the other person. My girlfriend and my family members have caught me doing this on several occasions.

Nickname: Most people call me Simi or Sim. I'm not sure how Simeon got shortened to Simi, but virtually no one who knows me calls me by my full name.
Kikkan Randall
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Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Olympic Experience: 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
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Team USA's first modern-day cross-country star, Kikkan Randall made her Olympic debut at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Since then, she has helped transform the sport and inspired a generation of American cross-country ski racers. In 2012, she became the first American woman in nearly 30 years to win a world cup title, finishing first in the sprint and fifth overall. She continued to make strides in 2013, defending her overall world cup title in the sprint and improving her U.S. women's record by placing third in the overall world cup standings. She then won her third straight overall world cup sprint title in 2014 and posted her best Olympic performance to date with a pair of top-10 finishes in Sochi, Russia. She took the 2016 season off for the birth of her first child, a son named Breck. With her eyes set on the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, she made a strong return to the world cup tour during the 2016-17 season, garnering five top-10 finishes before capping the season with a bronze medal in the sprint freestyle at the 2017 FIS World Championships. Should she qualify for her firth Olympic Games, she will look to make history yet again as she seeks her first Olympic medal in PyeongChang.
About Kikkan
Hidden talent: I can ride a unicycle.

Earliest Olympic memory: I vividly remember watching the Opening Ceremonies of the 1988 Winter Olympics on TV and deciding that I was going to the Olympics someday. It wasn't a question of whether I could, it was a question of which sport!

Nickname: Kikkanimal. My high school running teammates gave me this nickname for always encouraging our team to push harder and do everything 100 percent!
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