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In the terms of U.S. women’s Nordic skiing, there aren’t any better than Kikkan Randall. A four-time Olympian and the winner of three consecutive World Cup Sprint titles, the Anchorage native is the most decorated Nordic skier in American history. Now the U.S. Team’s wily veteran, Randall is also the leading mentor for a U.S. Team on the rise.

In 2014, Randall swept the World Cup sprints in Lahti, FIN, en route to defending her World Cup Sprint title. She also captained a U.S. Olympic 4x5k relay that took home ninth place in Sochi. Her fourth Olympic appearance came on the heels of her most successful season ever, a 2013 campaign that saw her and teammate Jessie Diggins win the first-ever team sprint gold for the U.S. women.

Over Kikkan’s storied career she has amassed 17 U.S. Championships, 26 World Cup podiums, four Olympics, and the highest finish by an individual U.S. woman at the World Championships (2nd in the Sprint FS at Liberec, CZE in 2009). In 2011 she also became the first U.S. woman to finish a World Cup season in the top three (for sprint), then won the title in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Her 2013 was enough to place her third overall in the World Cup standings—a record for the U.S. women.

With World Championships just around the corner, Randall will refocus her efforts toward earning another medal on the big stage while mentoring her up-and-coming teammates as they vie for success in the international competition.

KIKKAN SAYS
It was an exciting year getting ready for and competing at my 4th Olympics in Sochi. The media attention for cross-country skiing was at an all-time high and I reached a high point in my career finally coming into an Olympics as a medal contender.  Unfortunately, once in Sochi I was not able to find the right gears, like I had during the rest of the season and I left the Games with no medals.  During and after Sochi I received an incredible outpouring of support and in the final few weeks of the World Cup season I was able to rebound to secure my 3rd consecutive crystal globe in sprint. While an Olympic medal would have been amazing to win, I am even more proud to be the fastest racer over the entire season, and to put 3 seasons back-to-back is a really meaningful accomplishment for American skiing.

FIRST TRACKS
Randall’s family lived in Salt Lake while her mother attended law school at the University of Utah, but returned to Alaska after her birth. The niece of two Olympians (Uncle Chris Haines, Mom's brother, was a '76 cross country skier and Aunt Betsy Haines was the first racer on-course in the 1980 5K), she was a first-rate high school runner and turned to skiing as a way to continue training in winter. She quickly became one of the top U.S. junior racers. "It's in my blood,” she said with her trademark high-voltage smile. She blends classes at Alaska Pacific University with her cross country training and serves as a key liaison between the U.S. Ski Team and one of the nation's premier club programs, the Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center.

OFF THE SNOW
When she’s not tearing up the course, Randall is working as the lead U.S. ambassador for Fast and Female, a non-profit that helps get more girls on skis. In addition to her work with Fast and Female, the Alaska native is also dedicated to giving back to her local community, working with the program Healthy Futures to educate Alaska’s kids on active and healthy lifestyles. 

 

Highlights

OLYMPICS (top 15 individual)
Teams: 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
8th, Sprint CL, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
9th, Sprint FS, Torino, ITA, 2006
9th, Team 4x5k Relay, Sochi, RUS, 2014

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Teams: 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
1st, Team Sprint FS, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013
2nd, Sprint FS, Liberec, CZE, 2009

WORLD CUP
26 podiums, including 10 wins (through 2014 season)
1st in sprint World Cup, 3rd in overall World Cup; repeat of highest overall finish by American woman, 2014
1st in sprint World Cup, 3rd in overall World Cup; highest overall finish by American woman, 2013
1st in sprint World Cup, 5th in overall World Cup; first American woman to win title, 2012
3rd in sprint World Cup; first American woman to finish in top three, 2011

Stage World Cup Results

U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS
2012, 30k FS mst, Craftsbury, VT
2011, 30k CL mst, Sun Valley, ID
2010, 30k FS mst, Fort Kent, ME
2010, Sprint CL, Anchorage,
AK
2010, 20k CL mst, Anchorage,
AK
2010, 10k FS, Anchorage, AK
2009, Sprint FS, Anchorage, AK

2009, Sprint CL, Anchorage, AK
2008, Sprint FS, Houghton, MI

2008, 10k CL, Houghton, MI

2007, Sprint CL, Houghton, MI

2006, 5k FS, Soldier Hollow, UT

2006, 10k CL, Soldier Hollow, UT

2006, Sprint FS, Soldier Hollow, UT

2004, Sprint FS, Rumford, ME

2003, Sprint FS, Rumford, ME

2002, Sprint FS, Bozeman, MT