Alaska skiing superstar Kikkan Randall has shorn her trademark blond locks, after announcing this month that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Randall said on her Facebook page and a video on her Vimeo page Thursday that she had been fitted for a wig. The 2018 Winter Olympics women’s team sprint champion described the decision as empowering in the face of the disease.

“There are not many things in this #breastcancer journey that I can control but taking charge of my hair before it really started falling out was one step I could take!” Randall wrote. “I'm embracing my new look and am excited that showers will be a lot quicker now!”

At an Anchorage Economic Development Corp. luncheon on Wednesday, Randall likened her recovery from a gold-medal loss at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to the economic recovery AEDC says the city is poised for starting this year. She also vowed to live her post-diagnosis life the same way she always has – outdoors.

"I have committed to staying active through my treatment, because I know it's going to keep me sane and it's going to help with my treatment," Randall said.

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