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USOC honors U.S. Cross Country Ski Team

Sun, Dec  9, 2012 - By USSA

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (Dec. 9) - The U.S. Olympic Committee has honored the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team with its Team of the Month Award for November. The Team made history Nov. 25 in Gaellivare, Sweden with its first ever relay podium, finishing third in the women's 4x5k team eventJessie Diggins (Afton, MN) outsprinted Norway II into the finish to claim third. After a solid opening classic leg by Holly Brooks (Anchorage), Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) put the team into podium position with a powerful freestyle leg by Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) setting the stage for Diggins to bring home the podium. This weekend in Quebec City, the team showed its strength once again with Randall and Diggins combining for a team sprint World Cup win and Randall taking the individual sprint. The team now heads to Canmore, AB for a weekend of three World Cups beginning Thursday, with live coverage on the USSA Network.

The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team won Team of the Month honors from the U.S. Olympic Committee for the historic first ever podium in the women's 4x5k relay in Sweden in late November. (Getty Images)

The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team won Team of the Month honors from the U.S. Olympic Committee for the historic first ever podium in the women's 4x5k relay in Sweden in late November. (Getty Images)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The U.S. Olympic Committee awarded its Team of the Month for November to the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team for its historic podium in the 4x5k relay in Sweden.
  • Holly Brooks (Anchorage), Kikkan Randall (Anchorage), Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) combined to finish third.
  • U.S. Ski Team downhiller Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) was third in balloting for the men's individual Athlete of the Month.
  • Bobsledder Steve Holcomb won the men's award while wrestler Alyssa Lampe too the women's honor.