Kikkan Randall Is Mom Goals This Olympics

February 16, 2018

The advice for five-time Olympian, World Cup champion nordic skier, and mom Kikkan Randall following the birth of her son was to “take it easy” for six weeks, then come in for a checkup. “And I ended up injuring my back about a month after my son was born just getting up out of a chair,” she tells Romper.

A friend, who happened to be a physiotherapist specializing in postpartum issues did an assessment and found that Randall wasn’t using her internal muscles. “The load of just picking up an 8-pound bag of flour and carrying it around all the time was really doing a number on my back and hips,” she says, so she turned to Pilates to rebuild her core strength. The experience revealed a real lapse in postpartum healthcare. “I was a person who was asking my doctors, ‘What can I do, what can I do, I want to get back [to training],’ and no one had said anything about it,” she explains.

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AP: Olympians balance parenthood with chasing career goals


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — After finishing her fourth Winter Games in Sochi, Kikkan Randall decided: It was time to have a baby. But the cross-country skiing champion wasn’t ready to give up her Olympic goals.

So, at 32, she looked at the calendar and plotted her window: 2016, a gap year. No World Cup circuit and no Olympics. If things worked out as planned, Randall could get pregnant, give birth and be back in competition and qualify for Pyeongchang.

It’s the kind of calculation many ambitious career women are forced to make. For the three-time World Cup Sprint Champion regarded as a pioneer of American women’s skiing, there was one more challenge ahead before retirement: Pushing herself to a fifth and final Olympics after having a child.


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Team USA’s Only Mom Athlete Opens Up About Parenthood

Team USA’s Only Mom Athlete Opens Up About Parenthood

Caroline Bologna  
February 12, 2018

a child standing on a stage: Kikkan Randall celebrates with her son, Breck, during a medal ceremony in Finland last year.© Matthias Hangst via Getty Images Kikkan Randall celebrates with her son, Breck, during a medal ceremony in Finland last year.


The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are officially underway. This year, 244 athletes will compete for Team USA.  Among them are 21 parents ― 20 fathers and just one mother, cross-country skier Kikkan Randall.

Randall has been skiing since she was a year old. She made her Olympic debut at 19 at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, and later competed at the games in Turin, Vancouver and Sochi. In 2007, she became the first American woman to win a World Cup title in cross-country skiing.

In April 2016, Randall and her husband, Jeff Ellis, welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Breck. And this month she’ll compete in her fifth Winter Olympics.

HuffPost spoke to Randall shortly after she arrived in South Korea this week to learn more about her experience returning to skiing after pregnancy, balancing parenthood with training, and embarking on her fifth Olympic Games.

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Kikkan Randall Carries Important Message in Return to Olympics

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Kikkan Randall carries important message in return to Olympics

ALPENSIA, South Korea — Fortieth place was certainly not the finish American cross-country skier Kikkan Randall had in mind for Saturday’s first medal event of these PyeongChang Olympics. We would expect nothing less from a veteran of five Olympics, a fierce competitor who has made this grueling, lung-capacity-testing sport a way of life.

The feeling here?

Randall gets credit just for being at the start. Returning to the top of her sport after taking a break to give birth to her son, Randall earns a spot on a team full of a new brand of American sporting heroes, joining women such as tennis star Serena Williams who prove that having a baby doesn’t mean giving up an athletic career.

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What a Badass Olympic Skier Can Teach US About Work-Life Balance | FiveThirtyEight

FEB. 12, 2018 AT 10:01 AM

What A Badass Olympic Skier Can Teach Us About Work-Life Balance

These women didn’t just return to work — they came back to the highest level of a demanding sport, and all four are expected to compete in Pyeongchang. But Randall is doing so without the same safety net that her European colleagues have. And that’s left her facing the same challenge that many other American women experience: how to balance a grueling career with the demands of new motherhood. A job as arduous as being a professional athlete (or, say, director of policy planning at the State Department) has little room for compromise or scaling back, and that means that much of the parenting must fall to a spouse or outside help.

How Olympic Skier Kikkan Randall Trained for the Olympics as a New Mom

Jan. 4, 2018

‘The goals are as big as they’ve ever been’


When I first started dreaming of going to the Olympics as a cross-country skier, no American woman had ever medaled at the Olympics, World Championships or even the World Cup. The sport was dominated by Europeans and there was no history to show it was possible to be successful. Yet for some reason, deep down, I believed I could become one of the fastest skiers in the world.

Skiing in my first Olympics at age 19, I got a serious dose of reality. My best result was 44th and I was minutes behind the medal winners. Young, naïve and determined, I still dreamt of standing on that podium someday. I was fortunate to have some coaches that didn’t think I was totally crazy and we crafted a road map of how I would get to the top step. It would take at least 10 years we figured.

So, I got to work on my road map. My progress was slow in the beginning, but I was always good at focusing on the small goals right in front of me and seeing success even in the smallest places. As the years clicked by, I started to see gradual improvement.

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U.S. cross-country skier Kikkan Randall‘s first memory of the Olympics is actually set in her grandparents’ living room in 1988 — long before she made her own Olympic debut in Salt Lake City in 2002.   It was the opening ceremony of that year’s Winter Games in Calgary, but Randall, 35, can still recall the music and the cowboy hats that the American team wore as they entered the stadium. More importantly, she remembers deciding, in that moment, that she’d find her own way to the Olympics “somehow, in some sport,” she tells Bustle. Now, just a few weeks before the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics — which, if she qualifies before the end of the Jan. 22 qualification window, will be her fifth Olympics — Randall tells Bustle she wants to inspire more people to try cross-country skiing with what she hopes will be a very successful trip to Pyeongchang.

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New Mom Kikkan Randall Headed to 5th Olympics


She’s the most decorated cross-country skier in U.S. history, and she says the addition of son Breck changed her perspective.

Kikkan Randall is a four-time Olympian and the most decorated cross-country skier in U.S. history. The Alaskan native has won 17 US national championships. She was the first American woman to win a World Cup title, but she is still going after her first Olympic medal as she heads to PeyongChang, South Korea, for the 2018 Winter Games.

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How to stay active with family throughout motherhood

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As a mother, your priorities and schedules shift to accommodate your little ones. Being as active as you once were does become a challenge sometimes, and it takes some getting used to. According to athlete Kikkan Randall, “When I found out I was going to be a mom, I was curious about what I was going to be able to do while pregnant and what life would be like once I had my kid. I reflected on my freedom and thought of how different things were going to be.” She continues, “Although it meant a major lifestyle change, I was excited and ready.”

Kikkan recalls adjusting to her new life saying, “Once I became a mom, it hit me that things would never be the same. Now I’m on someone else’s schedule, and admittedly I miss having naps whenever I want, but at the same time I am overjoyed with having such an amazing person in my life that I can shape my day around.”

Even though personal time becomes limited in motherhood, there are ways that Kikkan recommends being active, most of which include your little one:

  • Turn daily chores into activities. “When I’m at home, I try to turn household work into fun activities. There are many excellent baby backpacks out there, and sometimes when I’m doing laundry or cleaning the house I put him in the backpack and we go up and down the stairs together. He enjoys it because he gets to go along for the ride, but I also get to have a mini workout. It’s amazing how much physical activity you can do just in your own home,” described Kikkan.
  • Exercise as a family. Randall explains, “As an athlete, I sometimes take my son along to training, or my husband joins me. For mothers who aren’t athletes or aren’t that active, even just going outside with your family is great exercise. We sometimes put my son in a jogger and take him on runs. I get to point out things in nature that he finds interesting, and it helps me get a deeper appreciation and a broader awareness of my surroundings. Exercising together also helps me and my son identify what kind of things he’s interested in.”
  • Use gear to make it easier. “As I mentioned before, there is great baby gear out there for mothers who want to be more active. When my son was about one month old, we put him in an Ergo carrier and went hiking – he loved snuggling with me and being close to my chest. Within a month or so he was starting to go on runs and bike rides in the jogger, and within the five to six months mark he was in the hiking backpack a lot,” Kikkan said.
  • Alone time can be fuel. Kikkan pointed out that, “Staying active as a family is important for togetherness and bonding, but sometimes it’s necessary to just have some personal time every now and then. I find that going on runs and being active by myself refreshes me and gives me more energy to then pour into my family when I get home.”

Transitioning into being a mother can be daunting, but Kikkan encourages other mothers to make the most out of your time with your young children by staying active with them. It not only impacts you physically, but it affects your mental state as well. Kikkan explains, “As an athlete, my emotions are tied to how well I’m performing. Now, no matter what happens, I get to come home to a smiling boy who’s happy to see me. It’s lifted some of the pressure off me and shifted my focus to setting a good example for my family. It’s had a really positive impact on my mental health and changes how I perceive myself.”

“As a new mother, preparing your kids for activities can be intimidating and worrying, but it’s all worth it. The benefits far outweigh the work that it takes getting out there.”

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