USA Today Sports by Roxanna Scott

Olympic gold medalist Kikkan Randall blown away by support since breast cancer diagnosis

Roxanna Scott, USA TODAY Sports

Since being diagnosed with breast cancer last month, Kikkan Randall has wondered how this could have happened to her, an Olympic gold medalist coming off the pinnacle moment of her career.

Randall stood atop the podium in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Feb. 21 with her teammate Jessie Diggins after winning the first Olympic gold medal by an American cross country skier. The only mother on the U.S. Olympic team last winter, Randall came back from taking a year off for maternity leave to compete in her fifth Olympics.

“We obviously see that cancer doesn’t discriminate,” Randall said in a phone interview Friday. “You can go from winning an Olympic gold medal and four months later you find out you have cancer. I think it’s important to show that we can all be affected by this but rallying around the points of staying active and taking this one step at a time.”

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