Historic Silver Medal for Cross-Country Skier Kikkan Randall

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on February 25, 2009 3:20 pm

Kikkan Randall is taking cross country-skiing to levels never seen by an American.  On Tuesday in Liberec, Randall became the first American woman to win a world or Olympic medal in cross-country skiing.  Randall finished just six-tenths of a second behind Italy’s Arianna Follis to win the silver medal.  Another first: it was the first American cross-country medal since Bill Koch won bronze, 27 years ago!  "Everything came together today," Randall said. "It was just kind of a magical day. A good one for me personally, but really a good one for our sport in the United States."

This year’s World Championships, or "worlds" as they’re called, have been a coming-out party for the American team.  Currently the Americans lead the overall medal count with three golds, a silver, and bronze.  The worlds are only half completed, but in prior years, the U.S. team had never won more than one medal at a worlds.  "This is big-time for us," said John Farra, the Nordic director of the U.S. Ski Team. "To get a cross-country medal, I’m not sure people fully realize what that means."

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