U.S. women make history at cross country skiing World Championships (USA Today)

February 25, 2017

By: Rachel Axon

Eight years ago, Kikkan Randall made history when she was the first American woman to win a cross country skiing world championship medal.

On Thursday, she and teammate Jessie Diggins held the U.S. flag as they skied down the finishing lane together after making more history at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland.

Read the full article here

Photo credit : Getty Images

Photo credit : Getty Images

U.S. women make history at cross country skiing World Championships (USA Today)

February 25, 2017

By: Rachel Axon

Eight years ago, Kikkan Randall made history when she was the first American woman to win a cross country skiing world championship medal.

On Thursday, she and teammate Jessie Diggins held the U.S. flag as they skied down the finishing lane together after making more history at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland.

Read the full article here

Photo credit : Getty Images

Photo credit : Getty Images

The Kikkan Effect (Outside Magazine – March 2017)

February 23, 2017

By Gordy Megroz

 

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The women’s U.S. cross-country ski team has always been second-tier, but that’s changing thanks largely to Alaskan nordic star Kikkan Randall, a pink-haired skate-skiing powerhouse who trains harder than anyone on the planet—and has everybody else following her lead…

Read More here: https://www.outsideonline.com/2159051/kikkan-effect

The Kikkan Effect (Outside Magazine – March 2017)

February 23, 2017

By Gordy Megroz

 

kikkan-randall-lead-h

The women’s U.S. cross-country ski team has always been second-tier, but that’s changing thanks largely to Alaskan nordic star Kikkan Randall, a pink-haired skate-skiing powerhouse who trains harder than anyone on the planet—and has everybody else following her lead…

Read More here: https://www.outsideonline.com/2159051/kikkan-effect

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

I’ve always been a big believer that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and have made getting yearly preventive check-ups a priority.  Now that I’m a Mom, I’m carrying that philosophy over toward making sure my son gets his preventive check-ups on schedule too.

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Fitting in my son’s checkups with my heavy training and racing schedule was challenging so my husband and I just got creative.  During the summer and fall we took the earliest appointments available so that we could both go to Breck’s checkups and I could still make it to my morning workout afterwards.  We also made sure to get in Breck’s 6-month checkup and vaccinations before we took off for our 4-month road trip in Europe.  This gave us all peace-of-mind heading into the race season that we were all healthy and on track to having a great winter.

 

As an elite athlete, I’ve experienced the benefits firsthand of staying on top of my health with preventive checkups.  I absolutely must stay healthy to reach my top performance but most importantly I want to be healthy for life.  That’s why I get my flu shot, take Vitamin C, wash my hands regularly and try to get plenty of sleep.

 

The month leading in to my first Olympic trials I had been feeling sluggish in training and was starting to get concerned that my dream of making the 2002 Olympic team was slipping away.  I wasn’t feeling sick per se but my Mom encouraged me to go to my family doctor for a check-up.  The check-up went great and fortunately they found nothing wrong with me.  In fact, they said I looked quite healthy.  That diagnosis gave me a boost of confidence and a week later I went on to win my first US National title and secured a spot on my first Olympic team.

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I love being a role model for leading a healthy lifestyle.  I believe that when good health becomes a community focus, we can all enjoy a greater quality of life and will have more energy to utilize the amazing outdoor playground right out our backdoor.  That is why I am excited to encourage my fellow Alaskans to schedule their annual checkups this month.

 

So, take the Challenge!!  The Premera Checkup Challenge is a great way to jump start your new year!  Not only to you get that checkup on the books, you also get entered to win prizes! Visit www.checkupchallenge.com and sign up! It’s that easy. Everyone who enters is eligible to win a weekly drawing for $200 gift cards. Premera Blue Cross is sponsoring this challenge, but you don’t have to be a Premera customer to enter. All Alaska residents over 18 can participate.

 

See you on the trails!

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

I’ve always been a big believer that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and have made getting yearly preventive check-ups a priority.  Now that I’m a Mom, I’m carrying that philosophy over toward making sure my son gets his preventive check-ups on schedule too.

img_1673

Fitting in my son’s checkups with my heavy training and racing schedule was challenging so my husband and I just got creative.  During the summer and fall we took the earliest appointments available so that we could both go to Breck’s checkups and I could still make it to my morning workout afterwards.  We also made sure to get in Breck’s 6-month checkup and vaccinations before we took off for our 4-month road trip in Europe.  This gave us all peace-of-mind heading into the race season that we were all healthy and on track to having a great winter.

 

As an elite athlete, I’ve experienced the benefits firsthand of staying on top of my health with preventive checkups.  I absolutely must stay healthy to reach my top performance but most importantly I want to be healthy for life.  That’s why I get my flu shot, take Vitamin C, wash my hands regularly and try to get plenty of sleep.

 

The month leading in to my first Olympic trials I had been feeling sluggish in training and was starting to get concerned that my dream of making the 2002 Olympic team was slipping away.  I wasn’t feeling sick per se but my Mom encouraged me to go to my family doctor for a check-up.  The check-up went great and fortunately they found nothing wrong with me.  In fact, they said I looked quite healthy.  That diagnosis gave me a boost of confidence and a week later I went on to win my first US National title and secured a spot on my first Olympic team.

girls-at-opening-cer

I love being a role model for leading a healthy lifestyle.  I believe that when good health becomes a community focus, we can all enjoy a greater quality of life and will have more energy to utilize the amazing outdoor playground right out our backdoor.  That is why I am excited to encourage my fellow Alaskans to schedule their annual checkups this month.

 

So, take the Challenge!!  The Premera Checkup Challenge is a great way to jump start your new year!  Not only to you get that checkup on the books, you also get entered to win prizes! Visit www.checkupchallenge.com and sign up! It’s that easy. Everyone who enters is eligible to win a weekly drawing for $200 gift cards. Premera Blue Cross is sponsoring this challenge, but you don’t have to be a Premera customer to enter. All Alaska residents over 18 can participate.

 

See you on the trails!

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The Season is underway…

This past weekend featured the opening World Cup races of the 2016-17 season in Ruka, Finland and now the season is officially underway.  Both races were in classic technique and both days included some tough classic conditions after several inches of new snow fell through the day Saturday.  I had a great workout on the sprint course on Friday in hard and fast tracks but the new snow got the best of me and I struggled technically to really get full efforts out of myself.

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My results were pretty disappointing and not the start I had hoped for.  However, I recognize that I am in unchartered territory as I navigate this return back to racing after having a baby.  I could feel that the right ingredients are in my body and now I just need to sharpen my race gears with more hard efforts.

I will be the alternate for this weekend’s World Cup mini tour in Lillehammer.  While I am definitely bummed not to be able to race, I am proud that our girls have become so strong that just making our team is a tough challenge. I look forward to a good week of training and hopefully another chance to test my race gears next week in Davos.

The Season is underway…

This past weekend featured the opening World Cup races of the 2016-17 season in Ruka, Finland and now the season is officially underway.  Both races were in classic technique and both days included some tough classic conditions after several inches of new snow fell through the day Saturday.  I had a great workout on the sprint course on Friday in hard and fast tracks but the new snow got the best of me and I struggled technically to really get full efforts out of myself.

kikkan-ida-ruka-16

My results were pretty disappointing and not the start I had hoped for.  However, I recognize that I am in unchartered territory as I navigate this return back to racing after having a baby.  I could feel that the right ingredients are in my body and now I just need to sharpen my race gears with more hard efforts.

I will be the alternate for this weekend’s World Cup mini tour in Lillehammer.  While I am definitely bummed not to be able to race, I am proud that our girls have become so strong that just making our team is a tough challenge. I look forward to a good week of training and hopefully another chance to test my race gears next week in Davos.

Randall Misses Heats in Kuusamo, But Optimistic About Upcoming Races

By: Chelsea Little for FasterSkier.com

Kikkan Randall returned to World Cup racing on Saturday, with baby in tow. The verdict on her performance: neither as good as hoped for, nor worse than history would predict.

On Saturday, the three-time Sprint World Cup champion competed in her first World Cup competition since 2014. Randall took the 2015/2016 season off while pregnant with her son, Breck. In her return to racing, she finished 52nd – 19.75 seconds off Krista Parmakoski of Finland’s qualifying time in the 1.4-kilometer classic sprint in Ruka, Finland, and 7.91 seconds out of qualifying for the quarterfinals.

26.11.2016, Ruka, Finland (FIN): Kikkan Randall (USA) - FIS world cup cross-country, individual sprint, Ruka (FIN). www.nordicfocus.com. © Modica/NordicFocus. Every downloaded picture is fee-liable.

26.11.2016, Ruka, Finland (FIN):
Kikkan Randall (USA) – FIS world cup cross-country, individual sprint, Ruka (FIN). www.nordicfocus.com. © Modica/NordicFocus. 

The American star was disappointed, but unfazed.

Read more here:

http://fasterskier.com/fsarticle/randall-misses-heats-in-kuusamo-but-optimistic-about-upcoming-races/

Randall Misses Heats in Kuusamo, But Optimistic About Upcoming Races

By: Chelsea Little for FasterSkier.com

Kikkan Randall returned to World Cup racing on Saturday, with baby in tow. The verdict on her performance: neither as good as hoped for, nor worse than history would predict.

On Saturday, the three-time Sprint World Cup champion competed in her first World Cup competition since 2014. Randall took the 2015/2016 season off while pregnant with her son, Breck. In her return to racing, she finished 52nd – 19.75 seconds off Krista Parmakoski of Finland’s qualifying time in the 1.4-kilometer classic sprint in Ruka, Finland, and 7.91 seconds out of qualifying for the quarterfinals.

26.11.2016, Ruka, Finland (FIN): Kikkan Randall (USA) - FIS world cup cross-country, individual sprint, Ruka (FIN). www.nordicfocus.com. © Modica/NordicFocus. Every downloaded picture is fee-liable.

26.11.2016, Ruka, Finland (FIN):
Kikkan Randall (USA) – FIS world cup cross-country, individual sprint, Ruka (FIN). www.nordicfocus.com. © Modica/NordicFocus. 

The American star was disappointed, but unfazed.

Read more here:

http://fasterskier.com/fsarticle/randall-misses-heats-in-kuusamo-but-optimistic-about-upcoming-races/