‘I’ve got this amazing community of support:’ Kikkan talks Olympic gold
Alaska's Kikkan Randall is taking a victory lap on national television this week, after capturing a historic women’s skiing gold medal at this month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Randall and teammate Jessie Diggins topped the Pyeongchang field in women’s cross-country team sprint last week, with Randall setting up Diggins for a photo finish in which she beat Swedish skier Stina Nilsson across the line in 15 minutes, 56.47 seconds.. The victory broke a decades-long medal drought for U.S. cross-country skiing, and was a capstone to what Randall has said will be her last Olympic performance.
The duo appeared Tuesday on “CBS This Morning” to discuss the accolades being heaped upon them in the wake of their win. Randall gave particular emphasis to the challenges of being both an Olympian and Team USA’s only mother after the birth of her young son Breck.
“It takes years and years to get to the top; it’s a full-time commitment and being a mom, I’ve got to manage that with a toddler,” Randall said. “I’ve got this amazing community of support around me, and my team is helping me raise my son. The fact that we get to do it as a family and – you know, taking him out there and carrying him on my back – has really just helped me get stronger than ever.”
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