Olympic medalist Kikkan Randall announces cancer diagnosis
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Kikkan Randall has been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer.
The 35-year-old cross-country skier known for pink-highlighted hair said Wednesday on social media that "the color pink has taken on a new chapter" in her life. She said the prognosis is good, but she expects life to change significantly in the months ahead.
Americans Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall, the only mom athlete on Team USA, made history on Wednesday by winning gold in the women’s team sprint cross-country event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
It’s the first-ever Olympic cross-county gold medal for the United States and the first-ever Olympic medal in the sport for U.S. women.
It may not live on as long as Do you believe in miracles? Yes!, but Here comes Diggins! so far stands out as the top broadcast call of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Young athletes in Minnesota will not soon forget that final lap play-by-play or the gold medal determination of Aftons Jessie Diggins.
There are more important stories in the news these days, but Minnesotans should take time to celebrate her historic achievements and those of other Pyeongchang stars who call this state home.
The Latest: Bjoergen becomes most decorated Winter Olympian
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):
Marit Bjoergen is now the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time after her Norwegian team took bronze in the women's cross-country skiing sprint relay, increasing her career tally to 14 Olympic medals.
Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall won the gold, the first ever for the United States in an Olympic cross-country skiing in one of the highlights on Day 12 at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.
Bjoergen, American women make history at Olympics
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Marit Bjoergen and Kikkan Randall have shared a special bond since competing against each other at their first Olympics in Salt Lake City 16 years ago.
On Wednesday, their relationship turned historic.
Bjoergen won her 14th medal at the Winter Games by taking bronze with her Norwegian teammates in the team sprint, while Randall and Jessica Diggins pulled off a stunning upset to help the Americans capture their first gold medal ever in cross-country skiing.
Diggins propels U.S. to first gold in cross country skiing history
PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA - Three times at the Pyeongchang Olympics, Jessie Diggins had made U.S. cross-country skiing history. But the Afton native had not won the big prize she sought - until Wednesday, when she and Kikkan Randall became the first American women to earn an Olympic medal in the sport.
PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREAWith their eyes locked on the video board, Kikkan Randall and Sadie Bjornsen stood in the finish area and felt the adrenaline rise. Their teammate, Jessie Diggins, was charging down the chute, racing the clock toward an Olympic medal in the 10-kilometer freestyle.
They showed on the screen that she was the leader, Randall said. We thought we were going to be bringing her in to the gold medal. Sadie and I were ready to rush out and grab her at the finish. She was so close.
Olympians balance parenthood with chasing career goals
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — After finishing her fourth Winter Games in Sochi, Kikkan Randall decided: It was time to have a baby. But the cross-country skiing champion wasn't ready to give up her Olympic goals.
So, at 32, she looked at the calendar and plotted her window: 2016, a gap year. No World Cup circuit and no Olympics. If things worked out as planned, Randall could get pregnant, give birth and be back in competition and qualify for Pyeongchang.
Jessie Diggins, U.S. women’s cross-country team apply lessons from Sochi in Pyeongchang
PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA The big breakthrough was supposed to happen four years ago, at the 2014 Olympics. Jessie Diggins, Kikkan Randall and their teammates entered the Sochi Winter Games draped in hype and hope, primed to bring the U.S. its first-ever Olympic medal in womens cross-country skiing.
Klaebo, Nilsson win sprints in cross-country ski World Cup
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo extended his dominating run in cross-country skiing's World Cup with a 1.5-kilometer sprint win on Saturday — his sixth victory in seven events this season.
The 22-year-old Norwegian finished 1.80 seconds clear of Federico Pellegrino of Italy, and 4.64 ahead of third-place Alexander Bolshunov of Russia.
In the women's sprint, Stina Nilsson of Sweden edged Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla by 0.08 seconds.