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Spokane’s Pokorny top collegiate at U.S. National Cross Country Skiing Championships

Annie Pokorny, 20, of Spokane was named the top college athlete at the U.S. National Cross Country Skiing Championships that concluded today (Jan. 8) on the Olympic courses at Soldier Hollow, Utah. She was one of four Eastern Washington skiers who delivered standout performances among the 300 athletes at the event.
Pokorny, a sophomore at Middlebury College in Vermont, won the “collegiate cup” as the top college athlete to participate in the event. She was competing against the country's top nordic skiers, with the exception of five women currently representing the U.S. Ski Team in Europe.
Pokorny's effort qualified her to ski for the U.S. at the World U-23 championships to be held in Liberic, Czech Republic at the end of January. She leaves for Europe Saturday, and will return in February to continue skiing for Middlebury. She plans to ski in the NCAA championships to be held at Middlebury in March.
Pokorny developed her skills as a teenager with the Spokane Nordic Junior Ski Team. She was named to the All Greater Spokane League Soccer Team in 2009 as she played for Lewis and Clark High School. But she moved to Sun Valley, Idaho, with her mother for her senior year where she could finish high school while devoting her sporting interests to nordic skiing.
Click “continue reading” for a summary of the top performances by Pokorny and Inland Northwest skiers Torin Koos of Leavenworth, Erik Bjornsen and his sister Sadie Bjornsen of Winthrop.
Sadie Bjornsen, Koos and Pokorny all have the distinction of winning top female or male titles as teenagers at the annual 10K Spokane Langlauf at Mount Spokane.

Area skiers tops in U.S. Nordic Skiing Championships

Four Eastern Washington were in top form in the U.S. National Cross Country Skiing Championship races this week at the former Olympic course at Soldier Hollow, Utah.

  • Erik Bjornsen, 22, of Winthrop finished first in the men's 15-kilometer freestyle.
  • His sister, Sadie Bjornsen, 24, finished second in the women's 10k freestyle and second in the classic sprint.
  • Torin Koos of Wenatchee won the men's classic sprint, his seventh U.S. nordic title.
  • Annie Pokorny, 20, of Spokane finished fourth in the women's 10k freestyle.

Pokorny, who developed her skills as a teenager with the Spokane Junior Nordic Ski Team, left Lewis and Clark High School to complete her senior year in Sun Valley where she trained with national-class junior skiers. She's skiing collegiately at Middlebury College and has a shot at being named to a U.S. international team.

Sadie Bjornsen, Koos and Pokorny all have the distinction of winning top female or male titles as teenagers at the annual 10K Spokane Langlauf at Mount Spokane.

Rower Jamie Redman training in Spokane with Olympic goal

U.S. Women's Rowing Team member Jamie Redman, 25, is home in Spokane for the holidays, but her training regimen never lets up. In the video above, the Lewis and Clark High School validictorian, NCAA champion and two-time world champion talks about her life and her golden dream for 2012.

Eastern Washington woman reaches milestone for U.S. x-c skiers

NORDIC SKI RACING — Rookie national team member  Sadie Bjornsen of Winthrop, Wash., teamed with Alaskan Kikkan Randall to make history for U.S. Women cross-country ski racing by finishing second in the sprint relay at the World Cup finals yesterday in Dusseldorf, Germany.

It’s the first time U.S women have won medals in a sprint relay.

The U.S. Ski Association says the previous best for U.S. women was a fourth-place finish in a January 2009 Olympic test event at Whistler Olympic Park.

Randall says in the team announcement that the relay medal topped her individual victory on Saturday as she won the freestyle sprint, her fourth career gold in World Cup sprint.

Bjornsen, a former women's champ at the Spokane Langlauf at Mount Spokane, says she now understands why skiers come back year after year.

Norway’s Mari Eide and Maiken Caspersen Falla edged the U.S. team by 1.6 seconds.

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