InterviewsLifestyleUS Ski Team7 Things You Didn’t Know About Kikkan Randall

Avatar Alex KochonDecember 6, 2013
Kikkan Randall racing to fifth in the Kuusamo World Cup 10 k pursuit on Nov. 30.(Photo: Kikkan Randall/kikkan.com http://www.kikkan.com/first-wc-classic-podium/
Kikkan Randall racing to fifth in the Kuusamo World Cup 10 k pursuit on Nov. 30. (Photo: Kikkan Randall/kikkan.com)

Continuing with our series on pointless knowledge about professional North American racers, we give you a rare glimpse of Kikkan Randall, who earned her first World Cup classic-sprint podium on Nov. 29 at the season opener in Kuusamo, Finland.

Athlete: Kikkan Randall

Team: U.S. Ski Team; Alaska Pacific University

Age: 30

Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska

Kikkan Randall (l) standing the podium at the Kuusamo World Cup after notching her best classic-sprint result on Nov. 29. She finished second to Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk (c) and ahead of Denise Herrmann of Germany in third. (Photo: Kikkan Randall/kikkan.com http://www.kikkan.com/first-wc-classic-podium/
Kikkan Randall (l) on the podium at the Kuusamo World Cup after notching her best classic-sprint result on Nov. 29 in Finland. She finished second to Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk (c) and ahead of third-place finisher Denise Herrmann of Germany. (Photo: Kikkan Randall/kikkan.com)

7 Things: 

  1. I had a pet praying mantis when I was in 5th grade.  It grew to be 3 inches long.
  2. I compressed 4 vertebrae in my back from crashing in a downhill ski race on my nordic skis when I was 16.
  3. I was the “Alaska State Teen Safe Driver Competition” winner in 1999 for completing a week-long series of safe driving and online tests.  I won a 1 year academic scholarship to UAA and a big trophy 🙂
  4. I used to hate pink when I was a little girl.
  5. I have an affinity for office supplies and formatting documents.
  6. I won a body building contest in high school.
  7. I still listen to the Backstreet Boys on occasion

Bonus Round:

  • Go-to mantra or motto: Pain is temporary, pride is forever.
  • What do you miss most while on the road (besides family and friends)? The freedom of your daily routine at home. Grocery shopping, laundry and driving a car. And curling up on the couch with my two cats.
  • Best part about being a pro athlete: Getting absolutely strong and fit and enjoying the accompanying energy and positive outlook on life that comes from working out almost everyday.
  • 3 travel essentials: Travel pillow, small speaker for playing music, and my laptop.
  • Go-to travel meal or food: I always have a stash of granola bars in my backpack.  Right now I am super into these dark chocolate-almond-sea salt bars from Kashi.
  • Song that you could listen to non-stop: “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson
  • Song you wouldn’t mind never hearing again: You’ve got me stumped, I can’t think of one right now.

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See also: Sadie Bjornsen | Sophie Caldwell | Noah HoffmanAndy Newell

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Alex Kochon

Alex Kochon (alex@fasterskier.com) is the former managing editor at FasterSkier. She spent seven years with FS from 2011-2018, and has been writing, editing, and skiing ever since. She's making a cameo in 2020.

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