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Kikkan Randall's cancer year

Stories and photos by Marc Lester

Kikkan Randall won an Olympic gold medal in February, a new high for USA cross-country skiing and a triumph to cap her 20-year career as one of Alaska’s best athletes. Just months later, starting a new life with her family, she discovered she had breast cancer.

Randall allowed ADN journalist Marc Lester to follow her journey from her homecoming through her recovery from surgery. This six-part series is the result.

“I hope it can do some good,” she says, “because the possibility that it might do good, it gives me energy.”

Photo editor: Anne Raup. Story editors: Charles Wohlforth, David Hulen. Web design: Steve Kruschwitz, Vicky Ho. Print design: Kevin Powell.