Erika Flowers and Andrew Newell Tie the Knot
Congratulations to American cross-country skiers Erika Flowers and Andrew Newell, who were married at an outdoor ceremony near Flowers’ hometown in Bozeman, Mont. on June 24. The two newlyweds were engaged in early July last year, when Newell proposed after leaving a trail of painted rocks and hidden notes leading Flowers to one of their favourite hangouts and fishing spots on Gale Meadows Pond near Stratton, Vt.
“The maid of honour was Erika’s sister Natalie, and my brother Pete was the best man,” said Newell. “The wedding was officiated by our friend Annie Pokorny . . . we had about 230 guests, including almost all of our families. We haven’t taken a honeymoon yet. Just after the wedding, we went up to Big Sky for two days, but also did a lot of training . . . not too much relaxing. Summer is a busy time of year for training obviously, so we will take a honeymoon next spring.”
Guests included such US National cross-country teammates as Simi Hamilton, Sophie Caldwell, Jessie Diggins, Patrick Caldwell, Ben Saxton, Katherine Ogden, Julia Kern and Pat O’brien.
“This year, nothing has changed; we are still based out of Vermont and training with the SMS team. Other than being married, our schedules are basically the same as they have been, as we are both skiing full-time. In the future, we will think about having more of a home base, but for now, we are a couple on the move,” added Newell.
This past season, Flowers, 27, was on the Supertour/ Nor-am podium four times. In 2016, she won the 10km Classic at the USSA Supertour in Craftsbury, Vt. and finished third in the women’s 51km freestyle race at the American Birkie. Flowers is a three-time National Col- legiate Athletic Association (NCAA) All-american and recently graduated with a Geography major from Dartmouth College.
Newell, 33, has been competing for 16 years on the international stage and recently finished fourth with Hamilton in the freestyle Team sprint at the Pyeongchang World Cup Olympic preview event in February. Newell stood on the FIS World Cup sprint podium three times at Changchun, China in 2006; at Lahti, Finland in 2008 and at Drammen, Norway in 2010, when he finished a career-best fourth overall in the Sprint Cup standings. He trains at the Stratton Mountain School (SMS) on the SMS/T2 team. Off the snow, Newell loves surfing, playing guitar and singing. He is also involved with environmental organizations and writes for Skitrax Magazine.
Skitrax joins the cross-country-ski communities around the globe at wishing the newlyweds the very best on their special day and on the road ahead. - JS