Andy Newell: New Path Ahead
Launches Nordic Team Solutions
Soon after the previous season ended, Andy Newell announced on social media that it was his last season with the US Ski Team (USST), as he is embarking on a new path ahead. After 16 years, Newell has stepped away from the team, but not from racing, now wanting a more flexible, self-directed schedule. Married last June to fellow cross-country racer and Stratton Mountain T2 Elite Team member Erika Flowers, Newell indicated that he’d like to spend more time at home and give back to the sport that’s given him so much.
It has since been announced that Newell will be launching Nordic Team Solutions, a platform to that will allow him to be hired for training camps, clinics, presentations and consulting by teams and individuals.
Newell first raced for the US XC Ski Team at the 2001 and 2002 Junior World Championships in Karpacz-szklarska, Poland and Schonach, Germany respectively.
“Andy was in high school when FIS introduced sprint skiing on the international circuit. He was fast, really fast, and placed in the top eight at Junior Worlds for three years in a row. He was offered a spot on the USST when he graduated from SMS,” said Sverre Caldwell, his SMS (Stratton Mountain School) coach.
Top results in Continental Cups and the US XC Ski Nationals in Rumford, Me. during the first half of the 2004 season earned Newell his first World Cup tour for that winter’s second half. He took home his first World Cup points that March with a 15th-place finish in Pragelato, Italy.
In 2005, he was promoted to the “A” team, where he’s been ever since. His 2006 season saw breakthrough results, as he earned six top-15’s in World Cup sprints and placed a U.S. men’s high of 16th in the Freestyle sprint at the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino. He claimed his first World Cup podium in Changchun, China, finishing third.
The next winter in 2007, he finished sixth overall in the World Cup sprint standings and earned a career-best fifth in the Classic sprint race at the Nordic World Championships in Sapporo, Japan.
Newell earned two more World Cup sprint podiums, claiming second in Lahti, Finland in 2008 and third in Drammen, Norway in 2010. His highest ranking in the season-long World Cup sprint totals was fourth, achieved in 2010, and he also earned World Cup distance points from 2011 through 2014.
A four-time Olympian, Newell’s involvement with cross-country skiing goes well beyond his personal racing achievements. After graduating from the SMS, he continued to return to this program to train with and inspire the younger skiers, while making cross-country skiing “cool” in the eyes of young athletes.
Newell created and starred in many videos for his X Ski Films film-making company. While Kikkan Randall headlined and led many “Fast and Female” events that empower young girls on snow (and continues to do so), Newell started and led “Speed Camps” for young boys on skis, with the help of teammates such as Simi Hamilton.
Newell is also involved in environmental activism. Partnering with Protect Our Winters, he started an Athletes for Action initiative in 2013. He rallied 105 athletes from the U.S. and other countries leading up to and during the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia to sign a letter to world leaders, calling on them to act on climate change.
For more information on Nordic Team Solutions, visit www.nordicteamsolutions.com. – SW
Newell steps away from Team USA.