Newell to represent U.S. in PyeongChang

BENNINGTON — Shaftsbury's Andy Newell qualified for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games over the weekend, chosen for his fourth straight Olympics in Nordic skiing.

Newell was in the top 50 in the sprint world cup standings after this weekend's race in Germany, qualifying him for a trip to PyeongChang, South Korea in February.

Newell is 34th in the sprint standings with a best finish of second at a 1.4-kilometer event in Austria in December.

Newell will be one of 20 American competitors in Nordic skiing at the Olympics.

Newell, a Stratton Mountain School alum and Elite skier, will likely compete in the individual and team sprint, but he has also competed in the 4x10K event in two Olympic appearances (2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi). His top Olympic finish is ninth in the team sprint in 2010.

So far along with Newell, other U.S. skiers who have qualified for the Games include: Ida Sargent, Simi Hamilton, Erik Bjornsen, Sadie Bjornsen, Rosie Brennan, Sophie Caldwell, Jessie Diggins, Kikkan Randall and Liz Stephen. The full team will be announced by Jan. 25.


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