Preseason with Kikkan Randall

FasterSkierOctober 26, 2006

Alaskan Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) flashes her trademark wide smile and notes, “It's in my blood” as she explains how an aunt (Betsy Haines) was a 1980 Olympic cross country skier, and an uncle was an Olympian, too (John Haines, '76). Randall, 23 and a two-time Olympian – and a junior at Alaska Pacific University (with a business major), comes into the 2007 season with confidence from last winter when she produced the best U.S. women's Olympic cross country result in history, i.e., ninth in the sprint; a week after the Games of Torino ended, she came up with the alltime best U.S. women's World Cup performance, finishing fifth in a night sprint in Borlange, Sweden. In her first season on the U.S. Ski Team, Randall is looking to carry the momentum into the winter, do well on the World Cup and do well at the World Championships. She assessed things with USSA Senior Correspondent Paul Robbins on the eve of the World Cup season, which opens Saturday and Sunday on the banks of the Rhine in Dusseldorf, Germany.


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