Julia Kern Team USA cross country skiing Beijing Olympics 2022

Waltham High graduate Julia Kern is competing in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics this month as a cross-country, or Nordic, skier. Kern has skied for Dartmouth College and trains at Stratton Mountain School in Vermont.

Kern has been part of the US Ski Team since 2017 and earned her first World Cup podium in 2019 by placing third in the freestyle sprint, becoming the youngest American to medal at a World Cup event.

The 2019 US sprint champion also teamed with Jessie Diggins to place second in December in the team sprint at the Dresden, Germany, World Cup event. Diggins and Kikkan Randall are the first Americans to win a gold meal in Nordic skiing, placing first in the team sprint at the Pyeongchang Games in 2018.

Julia Kern in 2019 became the youngest American to win a medal at a World Cup cross country skiing event.

Kern, 24, is participating in her first Olympics and recently answered questions from Wicked Local via email.

Wicked Local: Tell me how you heard you were on the Olympic team (Jan. 20 was the official announcement)? Was there any suspense leading up to it or did you think it was a done deal?

Julia Kern: Our cross country criteria has a few different levels of criteria. I was on track to meet the second criteria in the early part of the season, but it was not a given. It was not until I placed 4th in a skate sprint in Lenzerheide, Switzerland in a World Cup, which met the top criteria of achieving a top 8 result in an Olympic discipline. After that race, I knew fairly confidently that the result was my ticket to being named to the Olympic team! It was extra special to have my family watching the racing in person and to share that moment with them where my dream became true!

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