Sydney Drevlow Shines at 2024 Youth Olympics in South Korea


While she may be a cross country star and a star on the track, Sydney Drevlow might be better known for her cross country skiing exploits. Drevlow was the 2022 Nordic Skiing State Pursuit Champion and recently got the chance to represent the USA at the 2024 Youth Olympic Games in Gangwon, South Korea. 

At the Youth Olympic Games, Drevlow competed in the Women's 7.5km Classic Event and the Women's Sprint Event which equated to a lap length of 1,535 meters. 

In the sprint, Drevlow first competed in the sprint qualification, where she finished with a time of 3:36.98, good enough to put her in 9th place out of the 79 competitors. The top 30 qualified for the quarterfinals, with Drevlow qualifying easily. 

Top 10 Women's Sprint Qualification

1Elsa Taenglander3:27.75SWE
2Ilaria Gruber3:28.55SUI
3Nelli-Lotta Karppelin3:31.60FIN
4Lena Einsiedler3:32.16GER
5Annette Coupat3:32.31FRA
6Kajsa Johansson3:33.49SWE
7Gerda Kivil3:35.89EST
8Aramintha Bradford3:36.97CAN
9Sydney Drevlow3:36.98USA
10Lina Levet3:38.22FRA

Drevlow was the top USA individual in the sprint qualification ahead of Neve Gerard (15th) and Rose Horning (21st). All three USA girls comfortably made it into the quarterfinals. 

In the quarterfinals, the top two finishers in each heat, plus the next two fastest times made the semi-finals. Drevlow competed in the fourth quarterfinal out of five and finished 6th out of 6th in her heat. Overall in the quarterfinals, she finished 10th out of the 30 girls by time. For the time qualifiers, she was the 6th girl by time and the fourth one out. 

Overall, Drevlow finished as the fastest American girl in the sprint. The Gold Medal ended up going to Taenglander of Sweden, the Silver to Johansson of Sweden, and the Bronze to Karppelin of Finland. 

In the 7.5km Classic Event, Drevlow finished 19th out of the 78 competitors in the event with a time of 23:30.9. Drevlow finished as the third USA finished in the event, 17 seconds behind Horning and 45 seconds behind Gerard. 

Drevlow now returns to Minnesota with a chance at another Nordic State title with the state tournament next week on the 14th and 15th at Giant's Ridge.