Alaska native Kikkan Randall has emerged as one of the top female sprinters around, releasing her competitive spirit “Kikkanimal” on the world. (Getty Images/AFP/Jonathan Nackstrand)
Noah Hoffman and Sadie Bjornsen (seen here at 2013 U.S. Championships in Utah) both capped their respective seasons Friday with U.S. distance titles to wrap up the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships.
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World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall skied into 13th Sunday in the 10k freestyle pursuit, closing the three-day Falun mini-tour and putting a stamp on another successful World Cup season.
Liz Stephen skied up from 37th in the 7.5k classic leg to finish 15th in the Falun mini-tour skiathlon.
Three-time World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall received her globe after a fourth-place finish in Friday's classic sprint, the final sprint of the season as well as the opening of the three-day Stage World Cup mini-tour finale in Falun.
Kikkan Randall, seen here with Norway’s Marit Bjoergen at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, skied to a career-best 12th in the 30k classic World Cup at Holmenkollen Sunday.
Kikkan Randall clinched a third straight FIS World Cup sprint title, finishing seventh in a classic sprint at Drammen.
Kikkan Randall, seen here at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, took the top spot for the USA Sunday with 21st in the 10k freestyle World Cup race, the final event of the Lahti Ski Games.
Two-time World Cup champion Kikkan Randall made a statement Saturday with rookie teammate Sophie Caldwell as the two took first and third at the Lahti World Cup sprints, the first-ever double podium for U.S. women.
Liz Stephen, seen here racing in last week’s 4x5k team relay, led Team USA Saturday when she skied to 24th in the 30k mass start freestyle race, the final women’s cross country event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Erik Bjornsen (right) anchored Team USA with Simi Hamilton to ski into sixth place Wednesday during the men’s team sprint classic of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Team USA left it all on the course Saturday but was not able to keep pace and finished ninth at the women’s 4x5k relay of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Kikkan Randall suffered a heartbreaking loss Tuesday when she was knocked out of the individual freestyle sprint event Tuesday at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, while rookie Sophie Caldwell (pictured) skied into sixth and the top spot for the USA.
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall powered to fifth in the Toblach freestyle sprints, the final World Cup before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
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Of all the fantastic female athletes on the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team, 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 cross country 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, Finland 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 at World Championships.
Throughout her storied career Kikkan’s has amassed 17 U.S. Championships, 21 World Cup podiums, four Olympic team spots 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), before repeating the feat the next two years. Her 2013 and 2014 sprint titles were enough to earn her third overall in the World Cup standings—both records 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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