Kikkan Randall – L.L.Bean Testing and Design Partner
The Most Decorated Cross-Country Ski Racer in US History
Kikkan Randall has a lot of titles on her resume: Fastest Woman in Alaska on Skis (at 74.14 mph); USSA Cross-Country Skier of the Year (2008, 2009, 2010); Most Successful U.S. Cross-Country Skier in History; and First World Cup Victory for an American Woman in Cross-Country. We're happy to add one more title – L.L.Bean Testing and Design Partner.
Kikkan will work with our product development teams, providing valuable feedback and advice that will help us create world-class products. As the 2013 World Champion, ten-time World Cup victor and whopping 17-time U.S. National Champion, she's able to give us a perspective that nobody else can. [+ FULL STORY]
A self-described “outdoor junkie” and “get-activist,” Kikkan is a proponent for a healthy lifestyle. “Alaska is similar to Maine,” says Randall, “the outdoor opportunities that are available to us are endless.”
She believes that a healthy, fit body is important in helping anyone reach their goals – whether or not those goals involve athletic activities. When she's not competing, she enjoys biking, running, hiking, backcountry skiing and other outdoor activities (she even rides a unicycle).
Our Chief Marketing Officer Steve Fuller adds: “Kikkan and L.L.Bean share many of the same values – a love and reverence of the outdoors as well as a passion to inspire others to enjoy the outdoors.”
Part of our partnership will include support of Fast and Female, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering girls ages 9-19 through participation in sports and outdoor activities. Kikkan serves as president of Fast and Female USA.[CLOSE STORY]
A Powerhouse in Pink
She calls herself “Kikkanimal”. Her blonde hair is streaked with pink, and she's got a smile that lights up a room, but don't underestimate this fun-loving young woman. She can ski over 70 miles an hour and does chin-ups wearing a 45 pound weight belt. Her drive has made her one of the top cross-country ski racers in the world and the most accomplished in US history.[+ FULL STORY]
Kikkan Randall was born on New Year's Eve into a family of skiers. Her uncle and aunt were Olympians in the 1976 and 1980 Winter Games. Her Dad gave her skis for her first birthday, and she claims that she could ski before she could walk. It would seem that her path was neatly laid out for her, making it easy to glide into the life of a professional athlete. In reality, it was the beginning of years of dedication, countless hours of training and maintaining a laser focus on her childhood goal to compete at a world-class level.
Through high school and college, Kikkan focused on athletic competition in track and field as well Nordic skiing. Her talent and hard work resulted in titles including seven-time Alaska State High School Track Champion (800m, 1600m, 3200m), three-time Alaska State High School Cross-Country Champion, seven-time US Junior National Ski Champion and NCCSEF National Skier of the Year (2001). Giving her all for each race propelled Kikkan to the top of her sport. Her motto is, “Always give your best. Pain is temporary. Pride is forever.”
In 2002, Kikkan realized her dream to be an Olympic Athlete as a member of the US Cross-Country Ski Team at the Salt Lake City Winter Games. The 2014 games in Sochi mark the fourth time she has represented the United States as an Olympian.
Over the past 15 years, Kikkan has toured the globe and her victories have put America on the map in the world of cross-country ski racing, a sport that has been dominated by Europe, where skiers are superstars. “When I race in Norway, it's like playing in the Super Bowl in the US,” she observes.
When she's not competing, Kikkan is a tireless advocate for staying active and is especially enthusiastic about getting this encouragement out to kids. She often speaks at schools and sport camps, sharing her belief that staying healthy and strong is the key to making any dream come true.
Her message is simple and inspiring: Identify your dream, believe it really can come true and work on it every day. Step by step, you'll get there.
“Focus on what you can control and stay positive,” she coaches. “Utilize the resources around you. Don't take a single day for granted and never miss the chance to get out and do your favorite things.”[CLOSE STORY]
- World Championship
- 2009 Silver, Individual Sprint
- 2013 Gold, Team Sprint
- 14 World Cup Victories
- 2012 Sprint World Cup Champion
- 2013 Sprint World Cup Champion
- 2014 Sprint World Cup Champion
- 17 US National Championships
- 2010 First Place Sprint
- 2012 First Place Sprint
- 2013 First Place Sprint
- 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