Kikkan Randall

Middlebury’s Kate Barton Advances to U.S. Ski & Snowboard D-Team Head Coach

If you read FasterSkier, you are likely aware that elite cross country skiing in the U.S. has been steadily on the rise over the last decade. In the last four years alone, we’ve borne witness to medals at all levels, including a Diggins-Randall double podium in the freestyle sprint at the 2017 World Championships, a […]

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Doing Things Her Own Way, Erika Flowers is Third at the American Birkie

At the end of the 2018 season after being on the wrong side of the cusp of making the Olympic team, Erika Flowers made a transition in her ski career. She left her Stratton Mountain School T2 training group and returned home to Bozeman, MT where she began a role as the Associate Director at […]

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Doing Things Her Own Way, Erika Flowers is Third at the American Birkie

At the end of the 2018 season after being on the wrong side of the cusp of making the Olympic team, Erika Flowers made a transition in her ski career. She left her Stratton Mountain School T2 training group and returned home to Bozeman, MT where she began a role as the Associate Director at […]

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Transitions, Training, and Birkie Preparation: A Q&A with Riitta-Liisa Roponen

To view Riitta-Liisa Roponen’s complete FIS profile requires a lot of scrolling and selecting “show more.” The 41-year-old raced her first World Cup in Munio, Finland on November 28th, 1998. More than 20 years later, she raced her final World Cup event, helping the Finnish relay team to 3rd in Ulricehamn, Sweden on January 27th, 2019.  […]

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Sustaining Success: Year Two for the Methow’s Ski to the Sun Marathon and Relay

All things aligned: a gauzy low fog burned off into bluebird skies and the snow skied crisp along a 42-kilometer gem during the Methow Valley’s inaugural Ski to the Sun Marathon and Relay. Last year, we ran a piece exploring how the Ski to the Sun Marathon organizers were rebooting their marquee ski race. The […]

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Red, White, and… Black? A Visual History of the USST Uniform, 2008–2019

A national team uniform for cross-country skiing has to do a lot of things. At the most utilitarian level, it has to wick sweat and aid performance while an athlete pursues one of the world’s most demanding sports at temperatures between –4 F and 40, in steady snow or driving rain or anything in between. […]

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Rebuilding Canada: Less Europe, More North America

  Canada is moving into a new era in skiing. An era with less World Cup podiums and more emphasis on developing future podium athletes. “Train at what you want to be good at. If its climbing, climb. If it is chess, play chess. Ski training has many elements of course, but in the end […]

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Skiers Running Fast: Four Skiers Break 3 Hours in NYC Marathon

View this post on Instagram Teamwork makes the dream work! So fun to run the @nycmarathon with @lizhillstephen and @idasargent . We all ran for @aktiv_usa , just appreciated a great day running with humanity and all got UNDER 3! #bettertogether #aktivagainstcancer A post shared by Kikkan Randall (@kikkanimal) on Nov 3, 2019 at 12:43pm […]

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Kikkan Randall Joins the Sub Three Hour Marathon Club One Year Post Chemotherapy

Statistically speaking, only 2% of people who enter a marathon will finish under three hours. This held true during the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon where 1,206 of the 52,706 runners broke the three hour barrier. Yesterday, four familiar cross country skiers became part of the elusive 2%.  Brian Gregg was first across the […]

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October 31 News Roundup: Skiers Running Fast

It’s no secret that skiers spend a lot of time running as part of their ski training. And even if it’s not their “real” sport, some of them become quite good at it. Hence Scott Patterson wins Alaska’s Crow Pass Crossing backcountry marathon six times (and counting), Erika Flowers takes the victory in The Rut […]

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