As due date nears, Olympic skier Randall maintains fitness, anticipates future

Published April 6, 2016 by Alaska Dispatch News

Written by Beth Bragg

 

The International Ski Federation’s status report for Anchorage’s Kikkan Randall didn’t quite hit the mark this ski season.

It says she’s injured.

True, the nation’s most successful cross-country skier missed the entire 2015-16 season. But not because she is injured.

Randall is pregnant. And while that kept her on the World Cup sidelines this winter, it didn’t keep her from maintaining a high level of fitness throughout her pregnancy, and it isn’t keeping her from making plans to return to world-class competition and chasing what would be an unprecedented fifth Olympic appearance for an American cross-country skier.

Randall, 33, is due to deliver her first baby any day now — labor will be induced April 14 if she doesn’t have the baby sooner.

In the meantime, she continues to make regular visits to the gym.

“It’s kind of like training with a weight vest on,” Randall said.

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