(USSA press release)
PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 15, 2015) – Planet Champion cross nation ski racer Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK) is organizing to get a break from competition this season. Randall and husband Jeff Ellis announced to her teammates this week that they are expecting their very first little one in April. Randall will skip the approaching season, but ideas to come back powerful for the Globe Championship yr in 2016-17 and keep her eyes focused on the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang.
Randall, 32, who has also won 3 season-lengthy Globe Cup sprint titles, was glowing with the news as she talked to teammates gathered in Park City for the Team’s ultimate pre-season conditioning camp.
“After Sochi, I imagined a good deal about my future and the goals I nevertheless want to attain,” explained Randall. “I was constantly committed to proceed racing, but Jeff and I also wanted to start off a family. We felt this was a very good time. I’m enthusiastic about turning out to be a mom, but am also looking forward to coming back to race in 2017.”
Randall plans to invest some time at selective Globe Cups this season as a spectator to keep contact with the sport. Her husband, who serves as a advertising support manager on the FIS Cross Country Planet Cup tour, will carry on to travel on the circuit this winter.
Randall, a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Cross Nation Ski Crew, is a single of its most decorated stars in historical past with 3 World Cup titles and two Planet Championship medals, which includes gold in the team sprint from 2013, pairing with Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN).
“Finding a way to balance an athletic occupation and being a mom has been a goal of hers for some time, so rewarding to see it come collectively for her,” explained Head Coach Chris Grover. “As significantly as we will miss Kikkan’s leadership on the World Cup tour, we know that she will be back in 2016-17. The Team is really thrilled for Kikkan and Jeff.“
“I plan to maintain my same athletic direction when I come back, skiing both sprint and distance,” Randall mentioned. “I’m specially looking forward to the freestyle sprint at Globe Championships in Lahti, exactly where I’ve won prior to, and the staff occasions in PyeongChang.”
“If anybody has the tenacity and the drive to return to Globe Class type right after commencing a loved ones, it is Kikkan,” additional Grover. “She understands the hard function and the type that is necessary to be a Champion, and she is currently displaying the determination to return to the sport and to win. The Crew is currently searching forward to possessing her back in education camps following summer time and we’ll be seeking to her for big results in 2017 and 2018.”
Randall is continuing to participate with the Staff at its dryland and roller ski camp in Park City until late October.