The Anchorage Daily News reports that Kikkan Randall has been diagnosed with Factor V Leiden, or FVL, a genetic disorder that increases the risk of dangerous clotting in the blood system. Last week Randall underwent a procedure to remove a large clot from her left leg the life threatening clot is known as deep vein thrombosis, or DVT.
Randall may be faced with the possibility of taking blood thinners for the rest of her life – a scenario that could have a significant impact on her ski racing career.
The author, George Bryson, also raises the question of doping. Kikkan is adamant of her innocence and Bryson provides details of Kikkan's past testing and current hemoglobin status.
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