Alaska native Kikkan Randall has emerged as one of the top female sprinters around, releasing her competitive spirit “Kikkanimal” on the world. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
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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Niece of former Olympic nordic skiers Chris Haines and Betsy Haines, Kikkan Randall had Olympic pedigree before she set her first ski on snow. She has continued that Randall family legacy and even put her own stamp on it, rising not only to the Olympic level but enjoying arguably the most impressive career in U.S. Nordic Team history.
In 2013 Randall won five World Cup events, including a team sprint in Quebec with teammate Jessie Diggins. The results earned Randall a first-place finish in the final World Cup sprint standings and third place in the overall standings. The third place finish is the highest ever by a U.S. woman, and Randall’s sprint win gives her two globes in two years. To top it off, Randall, with Jessie Diggins, captured the first-ever team sprint gold for the U.S. women at the World Ski Championships—a benchmark that Randall had set coming into the season.
In addition to the two globes and World Championship title, Randall’s storied career has seen her take home 17 U.S. Championships, 16 podiums in the Stage World Cup, three trips to the 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 became the first U.S. woman to finish a World Cup circuit in the top three (for sprint) and in 2012 she bested that mark by becoming the first to win a sprint title.
Randall’s career can already be considered the most successful for U.S. Nordic Team women to date, but before the final legacy is forged, the Alaska native would love to be the first U.S. Nordic Team woman to stand on an Olympic podium. All eyes are on Sochi.
So I wasn’t expecting anything going into the first World Cup races. When I came out of the weekend with my first distance podium and with our relay finishing so well, I really surprised myself.
The big high point was the gold medal [at World Championships] with Jessie, which was such a cool thing and such an important accomplishment because it was the first gold for the team. I’ve known it was possible for a long time, but getting there was a super-special accomplishment.
I was really happy with my third in the overall because it showed that my distance skiing continues to improve, and winning the globe a second time really showed and validated that the first time wasn’t a fluke. So in the end the season surpassed expectations.
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