Erika Flow­ers and An­drew Newell Tie the Knot

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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

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