Kikkan Randall became the first US woman to win a World Championship medal in cross-country skiing when she skied to second place in the 1.3km freestyle sprint in Liberec, Czech Republic today. Randall finished .6 seconds behind winner Arianna Follis (ITA), and barely edged out bronze medalist Pirjo Muranen (FIN).
Randall started the day strongly, posting the 7th fastest qualifying time. After a slow start to the season, leader of the US women’s team demonstrated her return to top form by finishing 6th in this event in the final World Cup prior to the World Championships.
The only other cross-country World Championship medal won by the US was in 1982. Bill Koch took the bronze in the 30km in Oslo, Norway.
Randall continues to set new standards for US cross-country skiers. Last year she became the first US woman to win a World Cup race when she stood atop the podium in Rybinsk, Russia.