In this episode, we talk with Kikkan Randall, ski mom, 5x Olympian, gold medalist and breast cancer survivor.
Kikkan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and both her parents were skiers. Kikkan was wearing ski boots and sliding down the hill before she could even walk. At age 3, Kikkan’s family moved to Alaska where she first got involved with nordic/cross country skiing.
Kikkan walks us through her progression from middle school nordic ski racing to her Olympic gold medal. At age 19, Kikkan and her coach mapped out her 10 year roadmap. Kikkan kept her head down, kept working hard and 16 years later she accomplished her lifelong goal of winning a gold medal. Kikkan tells us about taking time off from competing to start her family and later taking her son on the road as she ramped back up.
Kikkan shares her breast cancer survival story which started shortly after she won her gold medal. Kikkan was conflicted about sharing her struggle publicly, but in the end she decided that getting support and talking about her journey would benefit her and other women. Kikkan has become an advocate for early detection and a supporter of numerous cancer research programs.
It’s Going to Be OK (Kikkan’s online store to support Aktiv Against Cancer)
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