Andy Newell: New Path Ahead

Launches Nordic Team So­lu­tions

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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.

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