Two cross-country skiers from Washington headed to Sochi



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Posted on January 6, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 6 at 6:59 PM

Two Western Washington women have made the US Olympic Team. Sadie Bjornsen and Holly Brooks both shared the news via social media.  The two women qualified based on their overall points in the Cross Country season.

"First I was like, uh, it happened!" said Sadie, as she sat in a hotel room in France. 

The 24-year-old from Winthrop says her point totals from season competition helped clinch her spot. 

"This is really happening. I'm not dreaming, and working on this for so long.  All those hard times.  It was all worth it."

This will be her first Olympics team.

Sadie was born and raised in the Methow Valley, in the North Cascades.  Her brother Erik, won the US national championship in the 15k this past weekend, and is also in Olympic contention.

Holly Brooks, who was raised in Seattle, was also named to the Olympic team.  She told her followers on Facebook:

"So far this season has put me to the test but today I'm really happy to announce that it's official: I'll be representing the UNITED STATES IN SOCHI for the 2014 Winter Olympics!!!!! (per the objective WC distance ranking list criteria) Thanks so much to family, coaches, friends & my sponsors for supporting & believing in me! T-30 days until Opening Ceremonies!"

Brooks was in multiple races in Vancouver, in 2010.

The full US Ski team will be announced later this month.