America’s greatest cross-country skier of all time – a status she can claim now that she has an Olympic medal in her pocket – Randall capped her career in the most glorious way imaginable.
Alaska skiers like Judy Rabinowitz and Nina Kemppel passed the torch to Kikkan Randall, who after five Winter Olympics and one Olympic gold medal is ready to pass it to the next generation.
A five-time Olympian and the U.S. Ski Team's most accomplished cross-country racer, Kikkan Randall has been a standout Anchorage athlete for decades.
Randall of Anchorage and Jessie Diggins of Minnesota won the team sprint Wednesday in Pyeongchang, giving U.S. women their first-ever medal in cross-country skiing. “It’s what I’ve been working on for 20 years and with this team for the last five years, and wow, it’s just so fun to put it together tonight, finally,” Randall said.
Racing continues Wednesday and Thursday with super-G races at the Alyeska Ski Resort.
“Wowzers,” Alaska's Reese Hanneman said after his Olympic debut in Sunday's 4x10K men's relay.
Competition continues with more giant slalom racing Sunday at Alyeska Ski Resort.
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Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins both registered the third-fastest times of their relay legs, but that wasn't enough to make up for the team's slow start.
Competition in the Alyeska Cup race series continues Saturday with giant slalom racing.
Minnesota's Jessie Diggins finished 3.3 seconds out of the bronze-medal position in fifth place, and Anchorage's Sadie Bjornsen and Kikkan Randall placed 15th and 16th, respectively.
The word translates to a version of "where we slide down" in Dena'ina Athabascan.
Jessie Diggins of Minnesota made it to the finals of the classic sprint but finished sixth.
“My first Olympic race was awesome,” the Anchorage man said.
One athlete, Rosie Frankowski, learned she was named to the team but had to keep it secret for a week. Others had to deal with the Olympic-sized letdown of being left at home.
Gus Schumacher, one of three Alaskans on the team, skied a monumental anchor leg to carry the United States to the silver medal in the 4x5-kilometer relay.
By claiming bronze in Thursday's skiathon in Switzerland, Hailey Swirbul became the most successful American in the history of the World Junior Championships.
18-year-old Grace Miller, who was born without a left forearm, was named to the U.S. nordic and biathlon team for the March 9-18 Paralympics in South Korea.
The inaugural competition attracted 36 skiers.