Liz Stephen earned her the second individual world cup podium of her career Saturday, taking second in the skiathlon Olympic test event in PyeongChang, South Korea.
A two-time Olympian, Stephen covered the course in 44:50.7, 56 seconds behind the winning time of 43:54.7 by Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk. Masako Ishida of Japan was third at 45:09.5, while Caitlin Patterson gave Team USA two in the top four, finishing fourth in 45:16.1.
The result gave Stephen her sixth trip up the podium. Her best prior individual world cup result was a second in the 10-kilometer two years ago in Rybinski, Russia. Her other podiums came in team relay, most recently a second place in January 2016 in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.
Patterson, who celebrated her 27th birthday Jan. 30, logged her first world cup top-10 finish. Her prior best was 25th in the mass start in Falun, Sweden, last February. Elizabeth Guiney also posted her best individual finish in a world cup race, placing 13th in 46:16.4.
The men’s team also earned a pair of top-10 finishes with individual bests. Noah Hoffman, a veteran of three world championships and one Olympic team, made his first individual top-10 world cup appearance, placing eighth in 1:16:55.8, while Scott Patterson, Caitlin's brother, was ninth in 1:20:18.0. The previous best world cup showing for both was when they combined as part of the eighth-place relay team in January 2016 in Nove Mesto.