Kikkan Randall Ends Season With 30k US Championship Gold

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 30, 2012 3:30 pm

USSA - US Ski Team LogoKikkan Randall, Overall World Cup sprint champion, finished the season at the top of her game today as she walked away with gold at the 30k U.S. Championship in Craftsbury, VT. 

“It was pretty special to be able to wrap up the season with national title number 17!  It was really fun to ski the whole race with my U.S. teammates and best buddies Liz and Jessie. They continue to impress me with the progress they’ve made this year!” she said. 

This is Randall’s 17th U.S. Championship title of her career.  She has had the most successful season of any woman in U.S. history. 

Jessie Diggins ended just 1.1 seconds behind her teammate on the 20th lap around the 1.5k course and won silver.  Liz Stephen took the bronze.  This has been a fantastic season for the U.S. women’s team, dominating competitions around the world.  A total of six skiers earned points at World Cup events, and Kikkan Randal make it to seven podiums. 

After some exceedingly warm weather with temperatures topping 80 degrees, Craftsbury organizers have put in great effort to preserve a strip of snow for the Championships, something that doesn’t go unnoticed by the athletes.  Everyone involved is hoping the snow and the temperatures hold out through tomorrow’s competition, the men’s 50k U.S. Championships.