Andy Newell set a new American mark by finishing 4th in the FIS Sprint Cup standings, just 34 points behind Alexei Petukhov (RUS) in 3rd, and a single point ahead of Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR), the two-time defending Sprint Cup champions.
Newell entered the final sprint of the season with a chance to move up as high as second, but he was unable to advance past the quarterfinals and was defeated by both Petukhov and Petter Northug, the two men within reach ahead of him.
4th place is still a US best finish in the Sprint Cup, besting Newell’s own 6th place finish in 2007. His 314 sprint World Cup points is also a new mark, easily topping the 222 he scored in 2006 when he was 8th overall.
Newell also finished the season ranked 19th in the overall World Cup standings, the best US ranking since Bill Koch in 1983.
He finished the season with 7 top-10 finishes and 11 in the top-30. In addition to his sprinting, Newell took a major step forward in his distance racing, starting eight individual distance races and two relays.
Topher Sabot is the editor of FasterSkier.