Alaska native Kikkan Randall has emerged as one of the top female sprinters around, releasing her competitive spirit “Kikkanimal” on the world.
With temperatures warming towards spring and snowpack lower than average this year, the time will be tight to sneak in the SuperTour Finals and Spring Series events scheduled in Sun Valley, ID.
Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) returned to the World Cup podium with a third place finish in the Lahti Freestyle Sprint. Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) finished just behind Kikkan in fourth.
After a long World Championships, the U.S. athletes head to Lahti — a final chance to find speed at the end of a long season, a few closing fireworks to light off.
The Nordic World Championships kick off tomorrow with a classic sprint. The team readies for the opening competition of these championships.
The USSA named 16 athletes to the 2015 Cross Country World Championships Team that will compete in Falun, Sweden.
Sadie Bjornsen and Liz Stephen continued to pace the U.S. women, standing top 15 after the stage two 10k classic.
Whether it's receiving an ugly ski suit, a sweet pair of shades or just spending time with the family, we all have a favorite holiday memory. This year, we asked our athletes to tell us theirs.
The FIS Cross Country World Cup tour came to the Swiss Alps the last two week, with back-to-back weekends of cross country ski racing. USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw was trackside with the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team and shared his thoughts.
Crashes took their toll in the Davis freestyle sprint World Cup as Kikkan Randall finished ninth and Sophie Caldwell 11th.
Ida Sargent led the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team in 15th with four athletes qualifying for heats in a freestyle sprint World Cup.
Sadie Bjornsen skied to 18th overall in the three day World Cup mini-tour in Lillehammer.
Olympian Ida Sargent skied to a career best fifth as the FIS Cross Country World Cup opened in Ruka, FInland with a classic sprint.
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team will take a strong summer and fall preparation period into this weekend's FIS World Cup opener in Ruka.
USSA coach Erik Flora was recognized as the U.S. Olympic Committee’s 2013 National Coach of the Year.
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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.
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OLYMPICS (top 15 individual)