Randall is the first American to take home the Joska crystal globe since Bill Koch in 1982. Winning the globe was a decade long goal that she came close to a year ago when she finished third. Now it is a realized dream.
“I feel like it’s just right. It’s been an incredible season. It has been really really fun and challenging. I feel like this is the perfect cap to end it. I’m looking forward to taking a little break and letting it all sink in,” she said.
This skiing superstar had two wins in a row at the beginning of the season and clinched the title with one race remaining. She finished fifth in the overall World Cup.
“The sprint globe was my big goal all season but to finish in the top 5th overall is an incredible step forward from where I’ve been,” she said. “It’s a huge accomplishment. It’s what I’ve wanted all along- to be a contender in every discipline. So it’s been really fun and I hope I can continue to make jumps forward.”
Randall also led the US Women’s Cross Country Ski Team to a strong season finish as well. They were eighth in the final standings.
Each team member had a solid time that lead to the team’s high finish. Jessie Diggins had the ninth fastest 10k and ended in 15th. Liz Stephens moved up to 18th. Randal started 2:04 behind the mini-tour leader, Bjoergen, and finished 2:44 out.
“It has been a long road to leading to a crystal globe for Kikkan. She has been part of the U.S. Ski Team since 2000. During this time, she has been systematic and incredibly professional in her approach to training, racing and living. She is now reaping the benefits of many years of hard work and professionalism. Her success should serve as a model for just what can be accomplished with a bit of talent, a ton of hard work, and a positive outlook. We are all so proud of her,” said Chris Grover, Cross Country Head Coach.
The team has been working their way up in the rankings every year. There were seven World Cup podiums for the US team this year, and they have leaped up from 13th place last year to 8th this year. Congratulations to the US Ski Team on a great season!