World Champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) suffered a heartbreaking loss Tuesday when she was knocked out of a stunning individual freestyle sprint event at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Randall was heavily favored to win but did not advance past the quarterfinal round, finishing fourth in her heat at the Laura Cross Country Ski Center. U.S. Ski Team rookie Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) muscled into the final and took the top spot for the USA in sixth on the slushy course, where Norway’s Maiken Caspersen Falla took home gold. The men’s and women’s freestyle sprints air on NBC at 3:00 p.m. EST and can be streamed on NBCOlympics.com. Next up is the women’s 10k classic on Thursday, Feb. 13.
Kikkan posted this photo after her tough loss on her instagram @kikkanimal, she is looking ahead towards the relays!