Randall 8th in World Cup opener (Skiing)

November 19, 2011
Kikkan Randall

Today in Norway, Anchorage’s Kikkan Randall turned in her career best non-sprint finish for a World Cup race with an eighth-place showing in the women’s 10K freestyle.

“The plan was to just put a bib on and race, and not think too much about it,” Randall told the U.S. Ski Team’s website.

Randall, of East High fame, is an Olympian and a 2011 inductee into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.

Last winter she finished third in the World Cup sprint standings.

This was the first World Cup race of the new season.

“I did end up starting my first lap pretty aggressively,” she said. “The course was deceptively hard because although the hills weren’t so long, there really wasn’t a lot of rest out there, you had to be working the whole time. The snow was really fast and I think our skis were incredible today.

“Results wise I wanted to be close to or a little ahead of where I was at this point last season, knowing that I usually get stronger as I race. So it’s nice to be ahead of that goal, and right in where I would like to be racing the whole season.”