Coming off a disappointing Olympics, two-time World Cup nordic sprint ski champion Kikkan Randall of Anchorage returned to familiar form Saturday when she won the World Cup freestyle sprint in Lahti, Finland.
Randall's victory and the third-place finish of teammate Sophie Caldwell earned the U.S. its first double-podium performance in history.
Randall's victory also put her atop the World Cup sprint standings.
"It was super fun to share the podium with my teammate today,'' Randall said in a U.S. Ski Team news release. "Sophie is having an incredible breakthrough season and it's so fun to head to the start with your teammate.''
Caldwell's lunge at the line won her a photo finish over fourth-place Gaia Vuerich of Italy.
Holly Brooks of Anchorage finished 66th.
Randall, who is ranked No. 5 overall in the world, has won three World Cup sprint races this season.
Anchorage Daily News