Fabulous in Finland, Maubet Bjornsen wins bronze in classic

November 29, 2019
Sadie Maubet Bjornsen cross-country skiing

Sadie Maubet Bjornsen

Anchorage’s Sadie Maubet Bjornsen of the U.S. Ski Team picked up a bronze medal in the women field at the Ruda Classic Sprint in Finland.

Her remarkable route to the finals included a second-place showing in her semifinal heat, which is even more impressive when you consider she was forced to overcome lingering tendinitis in her feet

“I wasn’t quite sure what to expect,” she said. “I knew I had strengthened my brain, but it is hard to know what to expect when you are doing less than ideal training to try to survive.”

The Alaska Pacific University alum outsprinted Norway’s Ane Appelkvist to reach the podium in the 1.4-K sprint race.

Maubet Bjornsen also earned a silver medal at Ruda Classic Sprint in 2017.

She credited her new wax technician Erik Bjornstad for setting her up for success.

“Enormous shout out to our team and my new wax tech for some amazing skis. I couldn’t have run up that hill the way I did today without those,” she said. “I was excited to see what we could put together in our short ten days of working together.

“All the stars aligned and I had an incredible day.”