Yeaton named Alaska Sports Hall of Fame athlete of the week

March 1, 2020

Anchorage’s Jessica Yeaton won the American Birkebeiner in dominating fashion after breaking away from the lead pack and skiing the final 20 kilometers solo.

The APU Ski Team member and 2018 Olympian finished in 2 hours, 13 minutes, 20 seconds to beat five-time Olympian Riitta-Liisa Roponen of Finland by 41 seconds.

Yeaton topped a field of 766 women in the 50-kilometer freestyle event regarded as the biggest cross-country ski race in North America.

The winner is selected by a panel each Friday and announced Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Sports Guys on CBS Sports Radio 590AM and 96.7FM.

View past winners here.