Alaska native Kikkan Randall has emerged as one of the top female sprinters around, releasing her competitive spirit “Kikkanimal” on the world.
You couldn’t tell that it was a rainy, miserable day outside, as 135 girls’ smiles lit up the USSA Center of Excellence entryway in Park City, UT, waiting to be let into Fast and Female 2016.
Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK) may have taken last season off from racing to become a mother, but she hasn’t lost any speed.
Through being pregnant and celebrating the birth of her son Breck Stuart Randall Ellis in April, Kikkan Randall hasn’t stopped moving.
World Champion cross country ski racer Kikkan Randall is planning to take a break from competition this season. Randall and husband Jeff Ellis announced to her teammates this week that they are expecting their first child in April.
Liz Stephen (E. Montpelier, VT) and Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK) cracked the top 10 in the third stage of Toppidrettsveka—a 15k skiathlon at the Knyken ski center in Orkdal on Friday.
Olympian Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) opened the three-day Toppidrettsveka roller ski stage race, finishing fifth in a classic sprint. Noah Hoffman and Stephen finishing third in the uphill running race.
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team will kickoff its 2015-16 season on wheels. Eight members of the team are training in Norway in anticipation of this weekend’s three-day Toppidrettsveka roller ski competition, which will feature a World Cup-caliber field.
At the beginning of June, Kikkan Randall packed her bags and headed back to Europe. This time, it wasn't for a freezing ski race in Norway or training in Italy. Instead, she headed to the beach in Varna, Bulgaria for FIS Council meetings.
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team took over the Craft Sportswear Instagram account and shared their goals for the upcoming season with the hashtag #myracestartshere.
For the first time since 1999, the Alaska Cross Country Ski Hall of Fame will induct skiers, coaches and trail builder to their coveted halls in Kincaid Park, Alaska. Among the celebrated, Kikkan Randall will be named.
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.
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As athletes go, Kikkan Randall is rare and special. A four-time Olympian, three-time overall World Cup Sprint Champion and 26-time World Cup podium finisher, the Anchorage, AK native has single-handedly brought cross country ski racing into the modern era by ever pushing past conventional expectation into results and leadership.
In addition to racing nine-world champions, Randall has carved out a space for America at the sharpest ends of a race. When her teammates Jessie Diggins and Liz Stephen took historic finishes in the 2015 World Championships and the Tour de Ski, respectively, they walked in a path blazed by Randall over the course of the last decade. The 2014-15 season was a tougher year for Randall, salvaged, in part, by a late podium finish at the Lahti sprint.
Randall is also the founder of Fast and Female, a nonprofit focused on getting girls on skis. After skipping the 2015-16 season due to the pregnancy of her first child—a little boy named Breck Stuart Randall Ellis, born in April of 2016—Randall, who has been a key leader on the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team for many years, plans to come back strong for the World Cup year in 2016-17 and keeps her eyes focused on the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang.
8th, Sprint CL, Vancouver, CAN, 2010
1st, Team Sprint FS, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013