• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 39s

Kikkan Randall hopes 2014 is her year

By Rontina McCann 8:42 PM January 7, 2014

"I feel like I'm a kid waiting for Christmas -- the big day is coming up."

ANCHORAGE – It may be Kikkan Randall’s year.

“Someone told me when I was younger it was going to take at least 10 years to develop into a top-level cross-country skier, it really is true, it takes that many years of training and racing,” Randall said in a recent Skype interview.

Randall is currently competing in the World Cup Championships, taking place in Europe, that will race up until a week before the 2014 Sochi Games in February.

“In Sochi I have a shot at an individual medal, possibly some team medals,” she said. “I feel like I’m a kid waiting for Christmas — the big day is coming up.”

It is a big day that was recently overshadowed by violence in Russia. On Dec. 30, 2013, two suicide bombings took place hundreds of miles away from Sochi, and concern is elevated internationally for athlete and spectator safety. Randall offered some perspective and confidence in the host country.

“For me, the benefit of having been to three Olympics already, I’ve gotten to see firsthand how well these countries prepare and really keep safety of the athletes as the top priority,” Randall said. “I feel pretty comfortable that Russia is doing everything they can to make sure athletes and spectators are safe. Right now all I can really be focused on is getting myself as prepared as possible.”

In 2002, just months after the 9-11, she was 19 years old and competing in her first Olympic Games which were held in Salt Lake City.

“There was a lot of concern then,” she said. “So you just got to stay focused on positive things, that’s what the Olympics are all about. It’s putting politics aside and celebrating the good things in life. I hope Sochi can go off with great competition and everyone can stay safe.”

Randall’s preparations for the Olympics will keep her in Switzerland and Italy. She’ll travel with the U.S. Olympic Ski Team to Sochi. Randall won’t be home in Anchorage, Alaska, until mid-March.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Former Israeli President Shimon Peres dead at 93

    by CBS News on Sep 27, 19:59

    Even to his own people, Shimon Peres was a puzzle. He spoke eloquent Hebrew, but with a foreign accent, lacked formal education yet brimmed with culture, was a mediocre politician, but became a statesman of spectacular vision. Numerous reports have stated that former Israeli President Shimon Peres has passed away at the age of 93. […]

  • Crime

    FBI releases new stats, revealing increase in crime in Alaska

    by Eric Ruble on Sep 27, 19:45

    The latest statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation show an upward trend in violent crime in Alaska. The information in the Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) reveals Alaska is not alone in this development; violent crime is up nearly four percent nationwide. The most recent data is from 2015. That year, there were 59 […]

  • News

    New counter tracks number of Coastal Trail cyclists

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 27, 19:24

    The Anchorage Department of Parks and Recreation has a new way to track the number of cyclists using the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Municipal crews installed a bike counter totem at Westchester Lagoon over the weekend. There are two sensors that count riders headed toward downtown or on their ride between Kincaid Park and the […]

  • News

    Support your park: Alaska State Parks gear goes on sale Friday

    by Heather Hintze on Sep 27, 19:13

    The next sweatshirt you buy could help support Alaska State Parks. Earlier this year, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 101, which allows the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to collect money from fees or merchandise. That means for the first time the state parks system can profit off park-themed merchandise. Staff printed off more than […]

  • Politics

    Nageak seeks court intervention in lost primary race

    by Associated Press on Sep 27, 19:06

    Lawyers for state Rep. Benjamin Nageak of Barrow allege a number of irregularities during the August primary cost their client the election by eight votes to Democratic challenger Dean Westlake. The trial in Nageak’s lawsuit started Tuesday. His lawyers want a judge to either order the state to properly tabulate votes and recount them or […]

  • News

    Alaska Airlines announces 2017 flights to Havana, Cuba

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 27, 16:42

    Alaska Airlines has joined the ranks of companies permitted to operate commercial flights to Cuba following an ease of restrictions between the U.S. and the communist island nation earlier this year. The first Alaska Airlines flight to Cuba is scheduled for Jan. 5, 2017, out of Los Angeles. The company announced Tuesday it plans to offer daily […]

  • Lifestyle

    It’s a boy! First baby born with DNA from 3 parents

    by Mary Brophy Marcus / CBS News on Sep 27, 15:30

    In what experts are calling a “revolutionary” medical event, the first baby with DNA from three parents has been born. The little boy, now nearly six months old, was conceived using a controversial technique meant to help people who carry genes for fatal rare diseases. The procedure received widespread media attention when lawmakers in the U.K. became the first to approve its use last year. It […]

  • Lifestyle

    Anchorage hospital offers free flu shots at drive-thru events

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Sep 27, 15:26

    ANCHORAGE — Alaska Regional Hospital will be providing free flu shots at drive-thru events every few days over the next month, starting on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Anyone over the age of 13 can get vaccinated. The hospital said in a statement that the drive-thru shots are quadrivalent, meaning it […]