Sadie Bjornsen has notched several top-10 World Cup finishes and consistent World Cup points over the last three seasons. Her breakthrough year during the Sochi Olympic season saw her top results primarily in classic events, but this season was balanced across disciplines and between sprint and distance racing.
Bjornsen’s best result of the 2015-16 season was in the 4x5k relay in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, where the team skied to a historic second-place finish. It was the best ever U.S. women’s relay finish, as strong opening classic legs—one skied by Bjornsen—set the team up for success.
Bjornsen grew up in an athletic family with three close siblings, so her competitive personality was nothing but expected. “Being outdoors and competing in many sports all year allowed me to develop an athletic lifestyle filled with lots of different types of races and competitions,” says Bjornsen. Starting as an alpine skier at about six years old, she eventually switched to cross country skiing when she got frustrated with “getting cold riding up the chairlift.” From then on, the Washington native started dreaming about being an Olympic skier and looked up to her neighbor, good friend and former Olympic skier Laura McCabe.
Q: What is your favorite memory as a competitor?
A: My very first world championships in Oslo, Norway. There were at least 100,000 fans for the event, and it was such a festival, and a great way to introduce me to the world of international ski racing.
Q: Tell us something quirky about yourself?
A: I am scared of the dark, which is why I live in Alaska (only in the summer).
Q: When you're not skiing or snowboarding, what are you doing for fun?
A: My master's degree in business. Attempting to learn French, because I am marrying a French man next summer. Gardening, climbing, hiking, trying to be outside with friends and family.
- Alaska Pacific University Nordic Center
- 2014 Sochi
- 2018 Pyeongchang
- Alaska Pacific University
- Years on Team: 8
5th, 4x5k Team Relay, Pyeongchang, KOR, 2018
8th, Team 4x5k Relay FS, Sochi, RUS, 2014
14th, Sprint CL, Pyeongchang, KOR, 2018
15th, 10k FS, Pyeongchang, KOR, 2018
16th, 10k CL, Sochi, RUS, 2014
17th, 30k mass start CL, Pyeongchang, KOR, 2018
3rd, Team Sprint CL, Lahti, FIN, 2017
4th, 4x5k Relay M, Lahti, FIN, 2017
4th, 4x5k Relay M, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013
9th, Team Sprint CL, Oslo, NOR, 2011
2nd, 4x5k Relay, Nove Mesto, CZE, 2016
2nd, Team Sprint, Duesseldorf, GER, 2012 (first World Cup podium)
3rd, Sprint CL, Lillehammer, NOR, 2017
3rd, 4x5k Relay, Lillehammer, NOR, 2015
5th, Team Sprint FS, Sochi, RUS, 2013
7th, 10k CL, Lahti, FIN, 2018
7th, 10k CL, Kuusamo, FIN, 2014
7th, 5k Individual CL, Falun, SWE, 2016
8th, 1.5k Sprint FS, Quebec City, CAN, 2016
9th, Sprint FS, Lahti, FIN, 2013
10th, 1.6k Sprint FS, Lahti, FIN, 2016
22nd, 30k CL, Oslo, NOR, 2016
27th, Sprint CL, Drammen, NOR, 2012 (first World Cup points)
14th, Overall in World Cup Standings, 2015-16
15th, Overall in World Cup Sprint Standings, 2015-16
STAGE WORLD CUP
3rd, Overall, Falun, SWE, 2018
3rd, 10k CL, Lenzerheide, SUI, 2017
8th, 5k CL, FIS Tour de Ski, Toblach, ITA, 2015
9th, 10k CL Mass Start, FIS Tour de Ski, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2016
7th, 1.5k Sprint FS, FIS Tour de Ski, Lenzerheide, SUI 2016
9th, 5k FS Pursuit, FIS Tour de Ski, Lenzerheide, SUI, 2016
10th, 10k FS Pursuit, Ski Tour Canada, Quebec, CAN 2016
2013, Sprint FS, Soldier Hollow, UT
2013, 20k CL Mass Start, Soldier Hollow, UT
2011, 10k CL, Rumford, ME
5th, 10k CL, U23 World Championships, Erzurum, TUR, 2012
2 SuperTour wins, 2012
5 U.S. Junior titles
All-American at Alaska Pacific University as a freshman