It’s been over 40 years since they won a cross-country ski medal in the Winter Olympics, but the current crop of skiers from the USA of America is certain that drought will finish in Pyeongchang.
Since Bill Koch took silver at the race in Innsbruck back in 1976, the Americans have not celebrated a trophy in cross-country, but after years of dominance, they are ready to take a spot on the podium.
“It’s certainly within striking distance – it is right there, it is accessible,” skier Sadie Bjornsen told Reuters as the staff ready for the upcoming games, which offered on Friday.
“I had some success at the start of the year, I’d some podiums and I’d say on those days I had some of the best wax in the world and some of the best skis in the world, so I believe it’s potential,” that the 28-year-old said.
“I think we’ve certainly learned some things from them (the European skiers) and we are thankful that they have been willing to share ideas and information, and we like to think that they have learned things from us,” Randall told Reuters.
“I believe our team spirit has been a modest infectious and we’ve seen other teams try to make similar things, therefore I think it’s a great two-way exchange,” she said.
The Randall spoke she felt when she began out skiing globally, but in Pyeongchang, she is surrounded by a young group that sees itself.
“I think we used to get a great deal of motivation from being the underdogs, and today we are in a position when we’re there, fighting together with them. It has helped us lift to a higher level,” Bjornsen explained.
“Since they are so dominant, I believe we get the additional motivation to understand that we are beating the very dominant. That is the goal at the end of the day, to beat the Scandinavians,” she added.
The US isn’t yet as powerful about the men’s side, but Sadie’s younger brother and teammate Erik told Reuters the American Trainers were rapidly catching up.
“I think we saw it a week at the world juniors, the men ended up using a silver medal, not too far behind the Norwegians and of course beating the Russians and the Swedish, therefore I think we are becoming one of the strongest teams,” he told Reuters.
If Pyeongchang would eventually find an American on the podium asked, the younger Bjornsen sibling was bullish.
“Oh, it is going to happen for sure. You can rely on it,” he explained.