Say hello to the cross country Olympians who just happen to be siblings, Sadie and Erik Bjornsen. Training 700-1,000 hours each year, this dynamic duo is ready to take on the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Here are seven things you need to know about Sadie and Erik Bjornsen before they hit the world stage at the end of this month.
They Train Together
Sadie and Erik Bjornsen are siblings and have been training together since May to prepare for the Olympic Games in hopes of making Team USA together — which they both did.
Sadie's a College Student
Holding a dual degree in accounting and nonprofit business management from Alaska Pacific University, where Erik was also a student, this scholarly athlete is now working on her master's degree in business.
They Both Have Active Blogs
Whether these siblings are chronicling their training, travel adventures, or quality time with family and friends — their blogs give you a behind-the-scenes view of a day in the life of an Olympic athlete. You can follow Erik here or Sadie here.
They Have Trained Full-Time For Almost 10 Years
Sadie told NBC Olympics, "It begins at least 10 years before you arrive at the games. With such an endurance-based sport, the amount of training that goes into it begins so much longer before the actual year of the Olympics."
Sadie Suffers From Tendinitis
After an adverse reaction to an antibiotic called Levaquin, Sadie now suffers from severe tendinitis. To train, she told NBC Olympics she uses "mountain skipping" (skipping through the woods) to help with the pain from her tendinitis. She even sometimes runs into black and brown bears on the trail!
Training Keeps Them Away From Home
The Bjornsen duo spends nearly five months away from home each season. Leaving in early November and returning home in April.
Sadie's Nickname Is Sadzarue
Inspired by her fifth grade email account, Sadue told NBC Olympics that the nickname Sadzarue has stuck with her into adulthood.
To learn more about Sadie and Erik, visit Team USA. The Winter Olympics will air live, beginning Feb. 8.