ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Just because there's no Olympic Games this season doesn't mean cross-country skiers are taking any time off.
For the APU Elite Nordic ski team, the season is just about to begin, and the belief that they can now compete with top talent in Europe is running rampant.
"(It's) that we are training enough and fit enough to compete against the people in Europe and that the training we have here is as good, if not better then what they have over there," elite team member Rosie Brennan said.
With Kikkan Randall's gold medal win in the back of their minds, the team is here to tell you: That was not a fluke.
"The challenge that I've been putting out to our community and our team is to make sure that gold medal moment is a gold medal movement and I think it's totally possible," team member Sadie Bjornsen said.
Both Brennan and Bjornsen were among the nine APU skiers to compete for Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. An additional team member, Jessica Yeaton, skied for Team Australia.
The World Cup circuit begins on November 24, with the men's and women's sprints.