With the Olympics looming, Anchorage skier Sadie Bjornsen took care of business quickly Friday by capturing second place in the season-opening World Cup race — and with it, a trip to February's Winter Olympics in South Korea. Bjornsen delivered a career-best individual finish in the classic sprint race in Ruka, Finland. By doing so, she met the No. 1 qualifying criteria for earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team — a top-eight result in any of five World Cup races that will serve as Olympic selection races between now and Jan. 15. "I did officially make the team, which feels pretty nice to check off the list on the first race of the season," Bjornsen said. A member of Alaska Pacific University's ski program and a 2014 Olympian, Bjornsen is the first Alaskan to qualify for the 2018 Olympics. "What an amazing and exciting way to start this new season," she said by email. "… I am really looking forward to the rest of the season, and what is to come!" Bjornsen finished a scant quarter of a second behind winner Stina Nilsson of Sweden. On the final hill, Bjornsen was right with Nilsson, the winner of eight World Cup sprint races the last two seasons. "I was in disbelief," she said in a news release from the U.S. Ski Team. "I had dreamed of this kind of day and now it was happening." It's the second time Bjornsen has made the World Cup podium in an individual race. She placed third in a 5-kilometer freestyle race in January in Toblach, Italy. She also owns several podium finishes in the relay and team sprint, including a bronze medal in the classic-technique team sprint at last season's World Championships. In a 10-kilometer classic race Saturday, Jessie Diggins led the Americans with a 10th-place finish, more than a minute behind winner Marit Bjoergen of Norway. Bjornsen was 23rd to collect some World Cup points, and three of her APU teammates finished out of the points — Rosie Brennan was 33rd, Kikkan Randall was 48th and Chelsea Holmes was 64th. Bjornsen, who turned 28 last week, is coming off a solid summer of training with APU that included multiple trips to Eagle Glacier and recent on-snow skiing at Hatcher Pass. "I have been feeling good for the past few weeks,