LISTEN: Sadie Maubet Bjornsen is perhaps the best cross country skier in the world. She lives in Anchorage.

Alaskan cross-country skier Sadie Bjornsen. (Photo by Emily Russell / Alaska Public Media)

For a couple of days earlier this winter, Anchorage was the hometown of the best cross-country skier in the world. Sadie Maubet Bjornsen, an Anchorage resident who trains with the Alaska Pacific University program, donned the yellow bib that goes to the leader of the World Cup circuit.

Bjornsen joined us from France last week, where’s she’s taking a holiday break from racing to spend time with her husband, and she started by talking about how the season has gone so far.

Nathaniel Herz is an Anchorage-based journalist. He's been a reporter in Alaska for a decade, and is currently reporting for Alaska Public Media. Find more of his work by subscribing to his newsletter, Northern Journal, at Reach him at

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