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- You are awesome. How did you get hurtBy Cadence Eastep From Eagle River, AK
- "Hey Cadence,
Thanks for your note. My foot began to get sore about a year ago and from all the pounding of skiing hard on the world cup it kept getting more and more sore. So this summer I went to the doctor and they found that a bone in my foot was getting stressed. Luckily it's not broken. For now I am wearing the boot around to let the bone rest for a few weeks and am doing some different types of training. In a few weeks I hope to be back to full power.
Just a little bump in the road, I'll be ok!
- Hi Kikkan,
I'm 29 and come from a triathlon/XC background. I first tried skate skiing last season. I want to take the next step and participate in a 25k or ski marathon race this winter. I know that technique is very important, and I want to develop good fundamentals. What's the best way to connect with a coach/instructor? Does the USA Ski Team have resources to find a coach/instructor? Also, I know a lot about run/tri training but nothing about developing a skate training plan. I read the WSJ article about some of your off-season training, but what resources would you recommend for preparing for a ski race? Thank you very much and best of luck this season!
BrandonBy Brandon From Boston, MA
- "Hey Brandon,
That's great that you are excited about cross-country skiing!! What area of the country are you from? The closest ski area probably offers lessons, that is usually the best place to start. Here is a link on the USSA Ski Team website that offers contact info for each region. The Regional coordinator for your area may help point you in the right direction.
You could also look for tips in SKITRAX magazine and THE MASTERSKIER publication. Both usually have lots of great technique tips and info about races.
Best of luck!!
- I do all the same sports you did in HS. My problem is I've started to feel like I need to commit to a sport, but I can't tell if I love track or nordic more. how'd you know you know you wanted to ski?By colby From manchester, ME
- "Sometimes it's hard to tell which one you love the most. For me I started enjoying the training, teammates and races in xc skiing a little more than the running and that's when I started to head that direction. I still did both running and skiing all the way through high school I just trained more specifically for skiing. Try to think of yourself 5 years down the road. Does it feel more natural to envision yourself as a runner or a skier? "
- How are our prospects for medaling in Sochi for Cross Country? Looks like you killed it last year! You gunning for the gold?By Christian From Tappan, NY
- "We are definitely gunning for medals in Sochi! I think we'll have several individual medal chances as well as some outside chances at some of the team events. It's going to be the most exciting Olympics for US cross-country skiing ever!"
- Hi Kikkan! I'm 13 years old and I absolutely love Cross Country skiing! The problem is I play competitive traveling soccer too (I am also captain of my team), and my parents are urging me to choose one sport. I have found that both are becoming more demading regarding training, money and time. My question is, where you ever doing a sport or activity other than skiing growing up? If you did at what time did you focus on skiing?
P.S. You inspire me so much!!!By Marin From Bozeman, MT
- "Hey Marin,
I was exactly in your shoes about 14 years ago! I also played competitive soccer, ran cross-country and track pretty seriously and did alpine and cross-country ski racing. There came a time when it started getting too hard to do it all. But I think you may have a window still for a couple years to do multiple sports.
The great thing is, soccer can compliment your skiing and skiing can compliment your soccer! The trick is finding the balance and working with your parents and your coaches to come up with a system that allows you to put in the appropriate commitment to each team.
For me, I was able to do some ski training around my soccer practices and games, which helped me run faster and longer in the games. And then I also recognized that doing all the sprinting around in soccer worked on my speed, so I made most of my ski training just easy distance. No matter what, it's always important to keep working the upper body and core!
Hopefully you can find a good solution to keep doing the different sports you love for a least a couple more years. When you start getting to 15-16, then you'll know which sport you really want to go for!
- How long would it take to get into shape like you if I were 50 years old and in average shape now?(probably not even possible) I am immpressed with your work out schedule. By pat kearns From dallas , TX
- "If you got on a consistent workout schedule, training at least five times a week, and did a good mix of endurance, intervals and strength training, I bet you would be feeling pretty strong within a couple of months. The trick is consistency, and also challenging yourself until you get tired and then resting to let the body absorb and build up."
- Does anyone make a cross country helmet? Most helmets are too hot and you can hurt your head as badly as going downhillBy Sandra Hufsmith From Corvallis, OR
- "I use a Rudy Project helmet that meets all the standard safety protocols and it's nice and light and airy. Also, they come in bright colors so they can be seen well on the roads. You can find the helmet I use here:
- Hey Kikkan, i just read in the WSJ about how you can clap at the top of a pull up with a 60lb weight strapped to your waist. I thought it was totally cool but the analyst that works for me, who played 4yrs in the NFL, is calling BS. his name is James Marten (ex BC, Dolphins, Raiders, Cowboys and Bear, [email protected] i think he is just jealous. any way you can prove to shut him up?By mike gonzales From orinda, CA
- "Hey Mike, thanks for your question!! I think a couple statements got misinterpreted in the article. I can do clap pull-ups without weight and then a different time I will do pull-ups with 60 lbs strapped to my waist. Wish I could do both at the same time! Hope this helps!"
- Hi Kikkan, I just read the article in the WSJ and was extremely impressed. How did you work up to pullups with 60lb on a dip belt? What are your other key big muscle/core exercises?By Scott Brown From Seattle, WA
- "You got it, the key to getting up to 60 lbs is to work up to it. We usually start in May with just pull-ups. Then we progress to some pull-ups where we go all the way up to the bar, then halfway back down and then up again and that is one rep. Once you can do about 4x8 of those, then you start adding weight. First doing about 4 reps with a moderate weight and then gradually working up to such a weight that you can only do it one or two times. Most of my other strength is mobility based (think active stretching) and plyometrics!"
- First off im a big fan! When you were in high school did you do track? Tough to do two race seasons?? plus XC run.
Had a great ski season, went to my first Nordic Nationals and made podium:-)
By Keira Niemi From Ottawa, Canada
- "Yes, when I was in high school I did xc running in the fall, xc skiing in the winter and track in the spring. Sure it was a lot of racing but I believe all the fast work on foot helped me develop strong and quick impulses that have benefited my skiing. I just always made sure to take a two week break after ski season and another couple week break after track ended to recover.
Congrats on your first National title and keep it up!"
- Hey Kikkan, what is your favorite post-training snack?By Thomas From Anchorage, AK
- "Probably a home-made smoothie. I use Powerbar Protein Powder, frozen berries, milk, orange juice, and honey. "
- Hey Kikkan, I just wanted to say awesome job lately in the races! The East ski team has been getting pumped up lately with the wins, and we made some big improvements at the Lynx Loppet!! Good luck!!By Thomas From Anchorage, AK
- "Great to hear Thomas!! I hear you've been having some great results yourself!! Congrats!! The season is still young, so best of luck in the next races! Dream big and go for it!! My international ambitions started in that East High ski room, so just think..."
- I love skiing too and running
I ski for the Putney Vermont bill koch ski league. I'm Finnish American and almost 9 years old.please look at our club blog.http://bklputney.blogspot.how old are you?By maddie aho From saxtons river, VT
- "Hi Maddie,
I am 28 years old but turning 29 on New Year's Eve. I have been skiing since the age of 1 (started with alpine) and I still love doing it every day! I started cross-country skiing when i was six years old in the Anchorage Junior Nordic League in Alaska. That is our version of the Bill Koch ski league. I just checked out your club blog, looks like you guys have a lot of fun. Not so much snow in the East right now, i'll try to send some over from snowy Austria!!
Have a great winter!"
- Hi Kikkan-
I nordic ski on the high school team. Do you have any advise for our team to become closer so we can do better as a group? Any training advise?By Alexandra M. From , VT
- "The best advice I can give your team is to work together and keep it fun. Decide that you want to be better as a team and that if you push each other and support each other, everyone will get faster and will enjoy the sport even more. I do much of my daily training with my teammates. We do fun sprints during our workouts and sometimes tackle each other into the snow. We also like to hang out together outside of training and racing.
I support my teammates no matter what. I find that if I don't have such a good race, it always helps to celebrate a teammate's success. Someone will always have a good day and focusing on the positive is really important. "
- Hello Kikkan,
I'm from Germany, but live right now in the U.S.. And I have to say, you are amazing. My question is, how long is your summerbreak? It is just a personal intrest, because I'm 14 and I love Cross Country Skiiing and right now I'm at the point where I've to decide, if I want to practise more, so I might be a Weltcup skiier in a few years, but I also want to have freetime to do other stuff. So, did you have a lot of freetime in my age?
Congratulation for your win in Davos and sorry, my English is not perfect.
MarthaBy Martha From , Germany
- "Hi Martha,
You are at a wonderful age! When I was 14, I was doing as many activities as I could get my hands on! I was playing soccer and doing daily running training in the summer. In the winter i would ski train. I didn't begin year round ski training until I was 16 years old. I think you should try many different things and then follow your heart about what you like best!! Just stay active and healthy!
Best of luck!
- Hi Kikkan,I'd love to get to your level of racing someday, i rollerski all year round and try to get abroad for the snow as much as i can in the winter, but as a 16yo there aren't really any other girls to compare myself with in the Uk, but i am aiming to qualify for the European Youth Olympics 2013. At my age what were you doing to improve your skiing? thanksBy fern From , United Kingdom
- "Hi Fern,
I started year-round ski training when I was 16. Before that I played soccer, ran track & cross-country running, raced triathlons, etc. Pretty much anything that was a sport, I loved to do it.
The most important thing is just getting out and doing something aerobic almost every day. Biking, running, hiking, rollerblading, roller skiing, kayaking, rowing, swimming, etc. are all really good ways to build endurance if you don't have snow.
Keep thinking about your dreams often and just look for opportunities to ski when you can.
Best of luck!"
- Dear Kikkan,
first off you are a really good skier! I'm a nordic skier to (J3)I was wondering if you ever did Bill Koch? and do you have any dry land training advice? By Olivia From Old Forge, NY
- "I have never met Bill Koch. He is considered a legend in our sport and it would be really cool to meet him at some point.
For dryland advice, my best tips are to integrate many different activities, like running, running w/ poles, biking, roller skiing, weight lifting, etc. so that you keep your training fun and fresh and build strength in your entire body!!"
- Hi Kikkan, My girlfriend and I are interested in getting into winter backcountry camping and ski touring and we would like to purchase our own equipment. Can you give me some advice on how to choose the appropriate gear? Also can you tell me more about the differences between backcountry nordic equipment and alpine touring equipment?By Chris From West Lafayette, IN
- "That is great that you want to get into backcountry camping and touring! When I got my equipment set-up for backcountry (one of my favorite things to do in the spring), I went to my local ski shop - Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking, and took their advice on what gear to get! Since I wanted to be able to ski down some steeper slopes, I chose to go the alpine touring route with Rondonee gear. If you want to ski up and then be able to clamp down your heels and ski downhill like alpine, then alpine touring is best. If you want lighter gear to be able to travel farther and just enjoy gliding along, then nordic backcountry equipment would be good.
- Hi Kikkan! How bad was the swelling of
your leg? I card was so scared when you told Rabbit Creek. You should have been VARY scared!!!!
By Kayla Mommsen From Anchorage, AK
- "When I had the blood clot in my leg it was definitely very scary. My leg swelled quite big and it was also hot to the touch. Luckily, the swelling and the heat was a warning sign and it made me go to the Emergency Room where they could help me. And now I am totally healthy again. Yay!"
- How often do you go to Kinckade park?By Ana Kusters From Anchorage, AK
- "I am out at Kincaid Park quite often when I am at home training in Anchorage. I do a lot of running and roller skiing out there in the summer. It's such a fun place, you can run for hours and not to the same trails twice!!"
- Hei Kikkan, are you coming to FIS-competitions in Muonio in November? We would like to see you!By we From , Finland
- "Sorry I didn't make it to Muonio this season. The skiing was too nice at home in Alaska!! It seems like you did an amazing job with the lack of snow! Hope to see you there in Muonio next year!"
- Hey Kikkan,
Did Johaug say anything to you when she took you out at Falun; like sorry or oops?
Anything? By john From Santa Monica, CA
- "Unfortunately no. That just happens sometimes in those crazy mass starts!"
- Hey Kikkan! I am in high school and am on the xc running & ski team. I was wondering how running to peak could affect your ski season By Brenna From Park City, UT
- "I was also both a runner and skier in high school. Peaking for the xc running season may just delay your race fitness in skiing by a month or so. It's important to take a short rest break after the running season ends before you jump full on into ski training, but I think it's still possible to have a strong ski season. Just takes a little patience! Good luck this winter!"
- Hi Kikkan. You are a great skier, when Justyna Kowalczyk became interested me successful cross-country skiing:). I would love to try cross-country skiing just do not know how to begin. I am 13 years oBy Patrycja From Grodków, Poland
- "Thanks for your message! It is always nice to have fans from all over the world. Learning to cross-country ski is easy and just requires a little bit of patience. If you can get a hold of some equipment, all you have to do is get outside and start moving. At first, pretend your just walking with your skis on. Then as you get more comfortable start gliding a bit. It may not feel perfect at first, but just keep trying and in your mind, ski like Justyna!"
- Hi kikkan I'm a junior racer I enjoyed the clinic you put on for far west in Tahoe. I've been wondering when you were a junior how much did you train to get to the level your at now?By Brandon From Carnelian bay, CA
- "Thanks for your Question Brandon. I enjoyed my visit to Tahoe as well! Most of my years as a junior skier came while I was in high school where I was a three sport athlete. I did cross-country running in the fall, cross-country skiing in the winter and track in the spring. For 9th and 10th grade, I considered myself more of a runner and did running specific training in the summer. After 10th grade however, I got linked up with a junior ski team in town and started training more specifically for xc ski racing. Through high school I think I trained around 350-400 hrs each year with over 100 races a year and lots of intensity. I probably could have trained a little more easy volume but all the fast stuff did help me develop my speed as a sprinter.
Every year I have increased the hours that I train, with about a 10-15% increase per year.
If you're out skiing a lot you're probably on track! Good luck!"
- Hi Kikkan!! What roller-ski do you recomend for someone you has never done it before? Is there a difference really?By Mary Robicheaux From Anchorage, AK
- "Hi Mary, That's exciting that you want to try roller skiing! You can definitely start out on a basic pair, just make sure the wheels aren't too fast. I would recommend starting on flatter train so that you can get a feel for the balance and stopping. I ski on Marwe rollerskis that are made of wood. They feel the most like a ski and dampen most of the vibration. Good luck!"
- Hi Kikkan! Just curious: when you were in Jr. Nordic did you think you were going to get into the Olympics? Or did what to, anything like that.By Mary Robicheaux From Anchorage, AK
- "My Olympic dream started when I was five years old and it pretty much carried into every sport I tried. However, when I first started in junior nordic, I think I was more interested in going off jumps and playing games. I didn't really start thinking about the Olympics until I became a hawk."
- Hi Kikkan!I wached your races in winter 2010/2011.Will you stand on the podium next winter?
(Your hair is pretty)By Kasia From Śrem, Poland
- "This past winter it was really fun to stand on the podium four times. I like the feeling and so I will be training really hard this summer to try and get up there again as much as possible. The pink hair is good luck!"
- Hello! Next season there will be world cup weekend in Poland. Are you going to start there?By Ola From Wrocław, Poland
- "Yes, I hope to be starting in the World Cup in Szlarska Poerba! I skied in the World Junior Championships there in 2001. I think it will be exciting to see the World Cup in a new country!"
- Next season there will be world cup weekend in Poland (Szkalrska Poręba or/and Jakuszyce). Are you going to start there?By Ola From Wrocław, Poland
- "Yes, I hope to start all the races there! I raced at Jakuszyce in 2001 for the World Junior Championships and have fond memories of good ski trails and good fans. Hope to see you there!"
- How many skis have you broken in your career? Btw: My sister is the one who broke the ski in Northstar. Sina By Sina Arnold From Reno, NV
- "I have broken three skis in my career and numerous poles. It just goes with the territory of going for it! I was very proud of your sister, she went for it!!"
- Hi, Kikkan: Congratulations! What model & length Fischer skiis do you use? Is this appropriate for a 15 year old girl with amazing potential (she prefers skate to classic)? Thank you.By David F. From New York, NY
- "I use the Carbonlite Fischer skis in 187cm. Height and weight determines the best ski length to use. If the 15 year old girl with a lot of potential is really getting serious, she should apply to the Fischer Select Athlete program where she could get skis picked specifically for her."
- what type of ski bag do you have? how many pairs of skis did you travel with to the Olympics? I need a new ski bag and I want a padded one. I have 5 pairs of skis, but I can only find bags with 3 prsBy Hannah Carin From Caribou, MA
- "Big ski bags can be hard to find. I usually travel with 20-25 pairs of skis so I usually have to use 2 bags. I have a big Salomon one (almost looks like a surf bag) that can hold 15 pairs but I also use the Fischer bags that hold 10-12 pairs. When carrying lots of skis it's good to find a bag with wheels."
- Hi Kikkan!
Well, this year I'm doing a report on you and the internet isn't giving me any information on your childhood or education. So, I was wondering if you could help me with that? Thanks! By Kaylee Heck From Anchorage, AK
- "I went to Scenic Park Elementary, Wendler Middle School and East High School. "
- What do you think about asthma in cross-country skiing?By Ola From Wrocław, Poland
- "Asthma, and especially exercise-induced asthma, is very common in cross-country skiing. I think this is because we often compete in cold, dry air which is hard on the lungs. I believe that skiers who have to suffer the consequences of asthma should be able to treat their symptoms."
- How do you handle all the miles that you have to ski?By Katie From Anchorage, AK
- "I build myself up to the longest distances, starting small and getting longer each time. With the help of my coach, we plan out the progression and monitor the steps to make sure I don't get injured or too tired along the way. The great thing is, when you do get in shape and build up, the body is amazing and can handle a lot!"
- What do think about your achievement in season 2011/2012?By Lukasz From Lodz, Poland
- "I am looking forward to racing the full World Cup season and getting stronger in both sprint and distance. 2010/2011 was a strong year and I hope to improve upon it!"
- Nice result today at Lahti. Looks like you can get good results also in distance races. Do you plan to concentrate more also on distance races in following season(s)?By Jorma K From Vantaa, Finland
- "Thank you. I have been very satisfied to be getting stronger in distance. In the next seasons I hope to become a strong all-around skier so that I can challenge for the win in all disciplines."
- Hey Kikkan! I love your hair, its so funky! What kind of dye did you use?By Hannah From Afton, MN
- "Thanks. I think the pink streaks give me extra power! Halo Salon in Anchorage does my color. It's their trade secret!"
- Hi Kikki. Firstly I'd like to say, you are one of may favorite ski runners (you've got a beautiful smile and so on). The guestion I'm gonna ask you concerns your career so far. I know you are one of the best sprinters, but you have a lof of problems with the long-distance pursuits. Is it possible to be a great sprinter and long-distance runner? How do you think?
Greetings from PolandBy Pablo From , Poland
- "Thank you. I believe it is very possible to be good at both sprints and long-distance. I believe long-distance ability takes more years to develop so I hope that each season I will get stronger. "
- I noticed that in the WC races you had hole skis with different colors as the current models, are these the 2012 models and is there a technical difference?By Luke Jager From Anchorage, AK
- "You are correct. I was racing on the new Black ski. They say Black is fast and I have to agree! If you feel fast, you race fast!!"
- What do you think of the Italian cross-country skiing? and slopes that Italian? because my english sucks I used a translator, so I hope everything is ok!
By Gabriele From San Lorenzo Italy Bergamo, Italy
- "I am good friends with many skiers on the Italian team and I think they are both great skiers and great friends. I really have fun hanging out with the team. You also have beautiful places to ski in Italy and I love to ski there. This year we were racing in Toblach and it was very fun!"
- So, does lenght on Skate Skis make a difference as far as each brand nearly has different lenghts for your hieght and weight? Would the shorter lenght help in over the long haul?By David From Annandale, MN
- "I'm not an expert on this but I believe the most important quality of the ski is the flex. As the flex gets stiffer the ski generally needs to be longer to accommodate. Each ski company builds their camber a little differently and that is why you see different lengths. I personally ski on skate skis in 182 and 187 cm. "
- Do you like Justyna Kowalczyk, why?By Karol From Wrocław, Poland
- "Justyna is a strong competitor and a friendly person off the snow. I admire her strength and dedication and it's fun to compete with her."
- Hi Kikkan,
My high school nordic ski team is in its fourth year and wondering about stretching. What kind of stretching do you do before and after workouts and races?By Tulsa Douglas From Amherst, MA
- "I do most of my stretching after my workouts, just to loosen up the muscles I just made tight. I follow a pretty basic routine of stretches that I learned as a high school runner. I also use a foam roller afterwards to work out the really tight spots. As part of my warm-up for strength training I also do some mobility stretches that help get the muscles ready to lift. "
- Hi Kikkan, Congrats on your WC sprint win and for getting through the TdSki and for your great climb up Mount Cenis (wasnt that the name of the last climb. I am a mountain and ski guide and have climbed Denali a few times. My wife and I now live in The Alps and she competes for the US ski mountaineering team in the ski alpinism World Cup. They have a sprint race (aorund 3-4 minutes) and Nina is really good at it. Half is up hill, skinning, then switchbacks, then a boot pack, then a descent. She qualified in 4th place and finished 5th out of the top 20 women and loves that part. the next day of the weekend is followed by the endurance race (up and down for about 2 hours) and she is not quite as fast up hill as on the sprint. the climbs are 20-30 minutes long and there are about 4-5 climbs per world cup race. Any tips on how to get stronger for going up hill! You did great on Mount Cenis! Check out my wifes site> www.ninasilitch.com Thanks, MichaelBy Michael Silitch From Chamonix, France
- "Wow, ski mountaineering sounds awesome, and tough!! I don't have too much advice for the climbing as I am just learning myself. But mental focus and just keeping the tempo up helped me up the Cermis. Best of luck to Nina in her next races!"
- Hey, I think your great! Just had to say that. But my question is, what is the latest age, in your opinion, that you could START training for XC skiing, to possibly be Olympic level?By Amanda From , NJ
- "There are stories of skiers not picking up ski training until late into high school and even into college. The later you start just means that you have to be patient. From my experience it takes about 10 years of training to be competitive at the Olympic level."
- You are a continual inspiration for us back home in Alaska! I coach middle school skiers and runners and wonder what nutritional advice you give developing athletes?By Debbie Neil From Anchorage, AK
- "Treat your body like a race car engine. The better fuel you put in, the better performance your engine will give you!! Treat yourself every now and again to keep it fun, but stick to the basics: whole grains, lean protein and lots of fruits and veggies!! "
- Besides skiing,which are your hobbies ?????? ;]]By Maria From Razlog, Bulgaria
- "Besides sports, I really enjoy working with technology. I am always working on my computer playing with pictures, video, music, etc. "
- Congratulations on your latest silver.
The US Ski website has your height and weight at 5'4" and 135? Is that correct?
I remember you when you were running. I figured you were about 115#. Could you have put on 20 pounds from poling and lifting your skis, plus weight work? Seems like a lot. Or is the site wrong?
I assume, since you're still winning so many races, that you're still pretty lean.By Frank Smith From Bluff City, KS, KS
- "Yep, I am 5'4 and about 135lbs. Skiing takes a lot more power and strength then running, so I have definitely added more muscle. "
- What brand and type of gloves do you race in?By Sadie From Avon, KY
- "I wear Auclair gloves. Auclair is the official glove of the US Ski Team."
- How did you get in the spirit of cross country skiing?By Kendelle Albert From Eagle River, AK
- "Every year when the weather turns colder and I know snow is on the way, I get chills of excitement! I love the feeling of gliding on the snow!"
- How long have you been doing skating Kikkan?By Kendelle Albert From Eagle River, AK
- "I learned to skate ski when I was an Otter in the Anchorage Junior Nordic League around age 8. Been ripping around ever since!"
- Thank you so much for coming to Susitna Elementry School,Kikkan you've inspired me for now on i am going to try my best to stay healthy and active just like you!!By Mia From Anchorage, AK
- "That's great to hear Mia!! Being healthy and active is so much fun because you then you have the energy to do anything you want! There are lots of great ways to stay active in the winter. Try skiing, sledding, ice skating and more! Enjoy!"
- Have you ever had a serious injury? How did you overcome it and get back to skiing? By Michaela From Salt Lake, UT
- "Yes. When I was 16 years old I broke my back doing a downhill race on my cross-country skis. It was a very scary accident but luckily my body was able to heal and I got back to being an athlete pretty quick. It wasn't easy to come back. I had to be patient, and stay positive, and work really hard. But it taught me to appreciate being able to be an athlete!"
- Hey Kikkan,
I just wanted to tell you we are very proud of all you have accomplished as an Olympian, both on and off the slopes. I am partial to cross-country skiing and have to say I am already excited for 2014! If you could be a star athlete in any other sport in the Olympics what would it be?
I also wanted to ask if there was any way I could send you a baseball to get autographed. I could send a prepaid bubble mailer so it would be easy to send back if it is possible. Thanks so much for representing USA in such a magnificent way!
KentBy Kent Carson From Bowling Green, KY
- "If I could be good at another Olympic sport I think I would like to be a fast 1500m runner on the track. I did a lot of running when I was younger and I love the challenge of running splits. "
- In the video of the World Cup sprint, on the last stetch, Marit started skating before you and you were speed skating for longer than her. Do you think that that was the reason you didn't win?By Thomas From Anchorage, AK
- "Yes, in hind sight she was able to carry more momentum into the home stretch by V2'ing and by the time I switched gears, she already had a gap on me. So, I've learned my lesson and hopefully I will be better prepared next time :)"
- What are good songs to listen to before racing?By Sadie From Phillips, ME
- "I like Stronger by Britney Spears, Disturbia by Rhianna, I Like it by Enrique Iglesias... pretty much anything with high energy!!"
- What has inspired you to do cross country running ?By Ellie From Anchorage, AK
- "I was fortunate to have some great coaches and role models that inspired me to run and ski. My high school coach Harry Johnson taught me to work hard, support my teammates and have fun training and racing. Steve Prefontaine is one of my heroes. I like how he would just run his guts out!"
- Who and what motivated you to be a cross country runner and skier?By Ellie From Anchorage, AK
- "Growing up I tried lots of different sports. Cross-country running and skiing really appealed to me because I got to work hard towards a goal and then when it's race time, I get to challenge myself to the absolute limit. The results are based on my effort and not on anyone else's opinion. I love being in top physical shape and strong!"
- what was your first sport you played
By katie alvarenga From alaska, AK
The first sport I played was soccer. I started when I was five years old on a Boys & Girls Club team. "
- Thank you for coming to visit our class and for the autograph. Good luck with all your skiing. It was cool getting to meet you and hearing about your accomplishments.
David -Winterberry Charter SchoolBy David From Anchorage, AK
It was my pleasure to visit your class! I hope you have a great fall and winter, see you on the trails!"
- I saw you today, September 9, at Aquarian. Do you have a pet? I have two kittens.By Ella From Anchorage, AK
Thank you to you and your school for hosting me at Aquarian! I had a lot of fun meeting all of you! Yes, I do have pets. I also have two cats. They are sisters and their names are Lulu and Sophie. I tried to teach them to go running with me but they would rather chase bugs!"
- Why are you in the Olympics? (Hunter, 5yo)By Hunter Thomas From Anchorage, AK
- "I have competed in 3 Olympic Winter Games as a cross-country ski racer. It took many years of practice and hard work but I was able to become one of the best skiers in the USA. At the Olympics all the best skiers from each country compete to see who is the best in the world!"
- Did you ever dream of going to the Olympics? Did you ever go to the Junior Olympics? If so, where were they and how old were you? I just bought the 30k from iTunes and watched it again. WOW.By Jess From Portland, ME
- "I started dreaming of the Olympics when I was 5 years old. I watched the 1988 Winter Olympics on TV and decided right then that I wanted to be an Olympian. But I didn't know what sport I wanted to do so I tried everything!! I first tried to make the Junior Olympics in alpine racing. But I was the alternate. The next year, when I was 15, I made the Junior Olympics in cross-country ski racing. I went to JO's in '98 (McCall, ID), '99 (Anchorage, AK), '00 (Jackson, NH), '01 (Ishpeming, MI) and '02 (McCall, ID).
- be fore your race how do you relaxe in the oylmics what kind off music u listen toBy kent From valdez, AK
- "Before some races I like to listen to some good pump up music, like Lady Gaga and Katie Perry. But other times I pick something more mellow, like Tracy Chapman, Alicia Keys and Norah Jones. I like lots of different kinds of music."
- Hi Kikkan! I'm starting to get more into the more... intense ski training idea (I've been skiing for four years) and I was wondering what kind of training plan you would reccommend for a 12-13 year-old girl who thinks getting to the Olympic level would be AMAZING and not quite impossible. By Tegan From Rochester, NY
- "Hey Tegan!
It's great that you have a dream of being an Olympic skier someday! Let me tell you it is an awesome dream (worth all the work) and very possible. At your age I would recommend just having fun on your skis and trying lots of different sports. When I was 12 I was playing soccer, doing triathlons, running races, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, speed skiing, riding my unicycle, etc. Now is the best time to try everything and get lots of different skills. There is plenty of time for more serious training later! Mostly just get out there, be active and have fun!
Best of luck!
- Hi Kikkan,
I need to get a new heart rate monitor and I was wondering what you have and how you like it?By Sadie From Madawaska, ME
- "I have a POLAR S625X. My favorite features are the comfortable wearlink chest strap, the large display and the file storage functions that allow you to go back and see your lap splits, average heart rate, max heart rate, etc. It also has speed and distance sensor capabilities and computer downloading, although I have not yet used those features."
- If your favorite color is blue not pink why do were so much? I am a fith grader at college Gate elementary and I had to do a report and I chose you to do my report on.By Allison Gonzales From anchorage, AK
Cool, I started Kindergarten at College Gate!! To answer your question, blue is my favorite color overall but I love wearing pink because it's fun and crazy and bright. I put pink stripes in my hair to show everyone how much fun I have being an athlete. What is your favorite color?"
- Have you ever met Lindsay Vaughn, at the Olympics? By Cassie N. From Madawaska, ME
- "Yes, I have met Lindsay a few times. She is always fun to talk to. I tease her about alpine skiing and she teases me about cross-country. "
- Hey, what kind of music do you like to listen to?By David From , UT
- "I like to listen to all types of music, especially music with good energy. Right now I am really into Katie Perry, Rhianna and the Black Eyed Peas."
- I love XC skiing and wanted to ask you three short questions.
1. Were you ever in Alaska Winter Stars?
2. When did you join the U.S. Ski Team?
3. What is your favorite type of training?
Thank You!! You're Awesome!!By Gus Schumacher From Anchorage, AK
- "Thanks for your questions! Here are some answers:
1. Were you ever in Alaska Winter Stars? I have never taken part in Alaska Winter Starts myself but many of my good friends skied with AWS. I think it's a great program.
2. When did you join the U.S. Ski Team? I first joined the US Ski Team as a development team member back in 2000. After the 2006 Olympics I was named to the A team.
3. What is your favorite type of training? I enjoy rollerskiing and running in the mountains in the summer, classic skiing on a clear cold day in the winter and crust skiing in the spring."
- What type of roller skis do you use?By Kaylin From Avon, UT
- "Marwe. The wooden shafts feel the most like real skis when you kick."
- Hi Kikkan, I am an orthodontist and want to say that you have a great smile! I really enjoy the fact that you are happy and smiling even before your big races. You have a great attitude and are a great role model for our up and coming youth! By the way, did you have braces? By gary chu From racine, WI
- "Thanks. Smiling is the best way to ski fast!! I did have braces, from ages 14 to 17. I also had expanders on the top and bottom. Used to love getting my school colors for the big races."
- What other sports would you recommend to people who don't like or find it hard to cross country ski?By Kalli Randall From Anchorage , AK
- "Nordic walking. It's a great way to keep your whole body in good shape :)"
- Hi Kikkan:
I forgot to ask this question with my previous submission:
Why do most world class xc ski events only feature only one ski technique in sprints? While long distance, mid distance and pursuit races feature both classic and skate techniques. This is particularly puzzling in the recent winter Olymics which featured only classic technique in sprint races. How would the summer Olympics be if the 50 meter swimming races featured only one stroke in each Olympics? Is there a movement to change the Olympic format to include both classic and skate races in the sprint?
By Ron & Marilyn From Lake Tahoe, CA
- "I know, the current format is a bit crazy. I was just at the FIS spring meetings and there was a discussion about replacing the team sprint with another individual sprint so that there can be both techniques. There were opinions on both sides of the fence. It was decided that a working group should discuss the issue further. So we see..."
- Hi Kikkan,
One of my friends was in Madawaska racing against you- I was wondering how you did? Do you prefer skate or classic, distance or sprint? I am a huge fan! Sadie:)By Sadie James From Avon, ME
- "I had a great time in Madawaska. My races there went pretty well. My favorite event is skate sprints. Although I really enjoy both skate and classic, and distance racing as well."
- Hello Kikkan, i just wanted to know, how old were you when became an official CC Skier?By joe From richmond, CA
- "I started training for xc skiing year round when I was 16. "
- How'd you like Maine?By E. Collins From Madawaska, ME
- "I had a great time in Maine. The spirit for skiing there is amazing. Nice trails, good people!!"
- Congratulations with a great season. The American skiers caught my interest when you won the silver medal last year. This year you look more like a complete skier: winning everything at the US nationals, great results in different Olympic events and same in the mini-tour Falun. Will we see you in Tour de Ski some time? I have understanding for that the Americans want some time at home during a long European season, but I will love to see you in Tour de Ski and I am sure you will do very well. Good luck with everything and welcome back to Holmenkollen next year.By Bjorn Simenstad From Vikran, Norway
- "The Tour de Ski looks like a great event. I hope to try it out next year!"
- What was the longest over distance workout (roller ski, run) you've ever done?
YOU ROCK!! :D SO FAST!!By Hadley M. From rochester, NY
- "The longest over distance workout that I have ever done is a 5.5 hour trail run on a route called Crow Pass. You start in one town and run up and over a pass and then out a river valley to end in a different town. It's about 28 miles and you get to cross a glacier-fed river up to your waist halfway through. It's a great adventure!"
- How long do you train in the summer? I was just wondering because I want to be an Olympic Cross country Skier. I usually train by running , but is there a better way for a 11yr. old to train?By MacKenzie Rizio From Wilmington Vermont, VT
- "I train a bunch in the summer. Usually 6 to 7 days a week, with many days including two training sessions. However, when you are 11 yrs old I think it is important just to be active every day and try lots of different activities. That way you can develop all sorts of strength and skills that will come in handy later. Mostly just get out there and have fun!"
How much time, if any, did you get to spend seeing the sights while you are racing in Europe? By Greg Curlo From Stockholm, Sweden
- "I get to do a little sight seeing here and there. Many times were are staying in more remote places and concerned with staying rested for our races so we don't see much. But I have been able to visit Rome, Prague, Oslo, Stockholm, and Munich during ski trips. It's fun to meet the people where we are staying and get the local perspective."
- If you weren't a cross country skier, what would you do?By Mike Zellers From Amherst, OH
- "I love computers. My friends call me a techno-weenie. I think if I wasn't an athlete, I would be a computer programmer."
- how many medals have you ever won
By tiffany From springfield, IL
- "I have won many medals over my career as an athlete. One of the medals I am most proud of is my silver medal from the 2009 World Championships. It was the first ever US women's cross-country medal in history, and a very good prize for staying positive and working back from the blood clot I had eight months before that."
- Do you prefer classic or skating?By Geoff Ward From San Franciso, CA
- "When it's cold and the tracks are hard as rails I love classic. When the conditions are a little warmer and the snow is really fast, I love to skate. Pretty much like both a lot!"
- is it hard to ski on the road in the summer?By Sarah Lavertu From frenchville, ME
- "We have pretty fancy rollerskis these days that make skiing on the road in the summer a great and enjoyable training tool. I use Marwe rollerskis because I like the way the wood core shaft feels closest to kicking on skis. I always wear a helmet and try to be safe around traffic."
- dear Kikkan,
I just wanted to know how many gold,silver,or bronze medals have you won in cross-country skiing? please wright back!By Sarah Lavertu From frenchville, ME
- "I have not yet won an Olympic medal of any color. That is one of my biggest goals for the next four years. I do have a Silver Medal from the 2009 World Championships and a World Cup gold medal from the 2007 Rybinsk sprint. I also have 14 national championship gold medals."
- hi kikkan i just wanted to know have you ever been so tired that you feel like you are going to faint in the middal of racing or have you ever fainted?By Sarah Lavertu From frenchville, ME
- "Racing is hard and you definitely have to push your limits to the very edge for good performances. In one race a few years back, I started to get really tired with 1km to go. I started falling down and had a hard time skiing straight. I managed to push myself to the finish line but I collapsed and had to be carried off the snow. It took me several minutes to regain consciousness. I am proud of the days that I pushed myself so hard!!"
- do you play in the summer olympics? and if you do what do you practice for?
this is Sarah Lavertu from 4th grade. i go to school at Dr.levesque elementary school. Bye!!!!!!!!! please e-mail me!!!!!By Sarah Lavertu From frenchville, ME
- "I have not competed in the summer Olympics but I love doing many of the sports that are part of those games. I love to run and bike in the summer, as well as play soccer and tennis. "
- Do you ever get stressed out when you are training for the olympics?By Sarah Lavertu From Frenchville, ME
- "Yes. Training for the Olympics is very hard sometimes. There is a lot of pressure to win medals. However, when I get nervous or find myself thinking too much about the pressure, I imagine the butterflies in my stomach flying in formation (like ducks or geese). I also think of all the hard work that I have done, and I keep working on the little steps that help me get better every day."
- Besides getting to compete, what is your favorite thing about the Olympics?By Abby Marion From Deltona, FL
- "Getting to walk into Opening Ceremonies with many of the best athletes in the world is pretty cool. It's also fun to be able to represent your country!"
- Hello! Why is your name Kikkan? Do you have any Swedish connection?By Andrea From Stockholm, Sweden
- "My parents made up my name. My Dad thought I should be named after Kiki Cutter (the first American to win a world cup) and my Mom liked the name Megan. So they mixed the two together and got Kikkan. When I race in Scandinavia I always seem to get more cheers, I think the fans think that I am Norwegian or Swedish sometimes!"
- Hey Kikkan! Heard you were in the olympics. Way to represent! I remember skiing with you back in the day at Wendler JH! Nice work! Are you still doing the running thing too?By Kyle Hardenbrook From Stewartstown, PA
- "I still run quite a bit for training. I love to hop into the track every so often and jump into some running races in the summer."
- Hello Kikkan, my sister Katelyn goes to the Madawaska Elementary School. She has told me that you are visiting there. I want to know why you have chosen Madawaska to visit? By Abigail From Madawaska, ME
- "You are correct, I am coming to Madawaska! The US Distance Championship and the SuperTour finals will be in Fort Kent in two weeks, so I am coming to do a little racing and also take part in a Fast and Female event in Madawaska on March 25th. Northern Maine has a great spirit for skiing, I am looking forward to my visit. Hope to meet you!"
- I read online that you were born in Salt Lake. Is this true? How old were you when you left? Do you ever get back there? If so, where is your favorite place around Salt Lake to ski?By Anne From Anchorage, AK
- "Yes, I was born in Salt Lake City on December 31, 1982. My Mom was attending law school at the University of Utah at the time. We moved to Alaska when I was 3. I come back to Salt Lake often as the US Ski Team is based in Park City. It kind of feels like a 2nd home for me. It was especially cool to race in the Olympics there in 2002!"
- Hi Kikkan- I am a lifelong distance runner, having completed 20 marathons over the past 21 years. I tried cross country skiing once and really liked it, but don't have the opportunity to do it much (and I don't really like snow). Anyway, I was wondering how much of your off season training consists of running? How much of that running is for endurance and how much is for speed? Also, what kind of weight training do you do? I would imagine there's a lot of core work. Do you do a lot of shoulder work too? Best of luck!!By Saul From New York, NY
- "Great to hear from an avid runner! I have always enjoyed running and still do a lot of it in my ski training program. About a quarter of my training is running. I use it for distance workouts during the off-season, as well as for recovery. Some of the running is done with poles uphill, sometimes at interval pace.
For weight training, I keep it fairly simple. Usually a couple big lifts for the legs, a couple for the arms, and a bunch of core. Shoulder work is important to prevent injuries."
- what were all of the years you participated in the olympics?
Allison ;)By Allison From philly, PA
- "2002, 2006 and 2010 so far..."
- Do you train every day? How did you get so good?By Allie From Denver, CO
- "I train almost every day. During my heavy training periods, I may take one day off per week or one day off every two weeks. To be a top international skier takes a lot of hard work. But if you do a little bit everyday, it adds up!"
- A few questions from a newbie in xc (although i'm a veteran of competitive cycling and tri's)... I saw your tweet that you're not going to do the 10K to focus on sprint. How hard of a decision was this for you? How much would the 10k take out of you (mentally and physically) and hurt your chances in your other events? And what other events will you be representing in? Best of luck!!!By Steve From San Francisco, CA
- "It was a hard decision not to race the 10km. I knew I was in good shape and there was a good chance that I could have done the 10km and still been totally fine for the sprint. However, in the days leading up to the 10km race, the conditions had been really soft. My coach and I were concerned that the soft snow would potentially take enough out of my legs that I would be compromised for the sprint. Since the sprint was my best event, I wanted to see what I could do totally rested and ready to go.
The sprint ended up going very well. I felt strong and skied the best classic sprinting that I ever have. I think being rested, and also getting a little extra time to do workouts on the course, were big reasons for being able to ski well.
I also skied well in the team sprint, the first leg of the relay and the 30km. The great thing about cross-country skiing is that when you're in good shape, you can be good across the board!"
- Do you have any Fast and Female ski clinics in the midwest? I love to XC aki and would enjoy attending one. Hope you have your best race ever in the Olympics!By Evelyn DeLong From Calumet, MI
- "We have not done a Fast and Female clinic in the midwest yet, but we hope to have one there soon! Stay tuned to Fastandfemale.com for future dates."
- Parade Magazine said you will only be skiing classical in the olympics. Is that true?By Dave Kolesky From Anchorage, AK
- "The sprint at the Olympics was only classical. The technique switches every games so 2014 will be skate again. The team sprint was skate. "