About Kikkan “Kikkanimal” Randall

Date of Birth: 12/31/82
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Team: United States Ski Team
Coach: Erik Flora
Height: 5′ 5″
Weight: 135 lbs.

American Firsts

  • First World Cup women’s podium
  • First World Cup women’s victory
  • First World Championships women’s gold medal
  • First Olympic women’s top ten
  • First World Cup Overall women’s discipline leader
  • First World Cup Overall Sprint Champion

Career Highlights

  • 2013 WORLD CHAMPION (ladies team sprint with Jessie Diggins)
  • 2012, 2013 & 2014 World Cup Overall Sprint CHAMPION
  • 2010 Winter Olympics – Best ever American women’s finish (8th women’s sprint)
  • 13 x WORLD CUP Victories
  • 27 x World Cup Podiums
  • 4 x Olympic Top Tens
  • 17 x US National Champion
  • 4 x Olympian

Fun Facts

Kikkan Randall is one of the few athletes who can say she made her Olympic debut in her birthplace – born in Salt Lake City and a member of the 2002 Olympic Team in Salt Lake (although, admittedly, the races were at Soldier Hollow). A promising cross country runner while growing up in Alaska, she added “serious” cross country skiing as a counter-seasonal training vehicle…and then became a champion skier, too. She’s already got the best Olympic and World Cup results by an American woman.

Making History

In 2008, Randall scored the first ever World Cup Victory for an American woman in cross-country and notched two more World Cup Top-tens to close the season ranked 15th in the world in sprint rankings. Despite being diagnosed with a massive blood clot in her left leg in April 2008, Randall rebounded well to win the first ever US women’s World Championship medal at the 2009 World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic.

First Tracks

Her family, in Salt Lake while her mother attended law school at the University of Utah, returned to Alaska after Randall’s birth. The niece of two Olympians (Uncle Chris Haines, Mom’s brother, was a ’76 cross country skier and Aunt Betsy Haines was the first racer on-course in the 1980 5K), she was a first-rate high school cross country runner and turned to skiing as a way to “stay in shape” in the winter. She went on to become one of the top U.S. junior racers; “It’s in my blood,” she said with her trademark high-voltage smile. She blends classes at Alaska Pacific University (aiming for business degree) with her cross country training and serves as a key liaison between the Ski Team and one of the nation’s premier club programs.

Kikkan’s unique name is partly inspired by Christina “Kiki” Cutter, the first American, male or female, to win a World Cup title. In December 2007, Kikkan joined Kiki in the history books by becoming the first American woman to win a cross-country World Cup title. Both women also achieved Olympic best results for their respective disciplines.

I Am

“Kikkanimal”…The last Alaska state speed-skiing champion (1997 – 74.14mph)… Randall is married to Canadian ski racer Jeff Ellis.

Did You Know?

  • Favorite color is blue (pink is a close 2nd).
  • Fan of all types of music, especially those songs with high energy!
  • Favorite food is Canadian bacon and pineapple pizza.
  • Fastest mile on the track is 5:00.2
  • Kikkan can ride a unicycle
  • Kikkan was born on New Years Eve

Words to Live By

Always give your best!


“I love combining power and technique to push your body to the limit — to the point of surreal awareness.”

Other Accomplishments

  • Fastest Woman in Alaska on Skis 74.14 mph (1994, Speed Skiing)
  • Foot Locker Western Regional X-C Running Championships: 10th place (1997)
  • 7-time Alaska State High School Track Champion (800m, 1600m, 3200m)
  • 3-time Alaska State High School Cross-country Champion
  • 7-time US Junior National Ski Champion
  • Winter Goodwill Games: 2000 US Team member
  • Alaska Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year (2000, 2001)
  • Anchorage Daily News Prep Athlete of the Year (2000, 2001)
  • NCCSEF National Skier of the Year (2001)
  • East Anchorage High School Graduate – Summa Cum Laude (2001)
  • United States Ski Association Cross-Country Skier of the Year (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Inductee (2011)