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Kikkan Randall


“Growing up as a kid in Alaska, I learned to love the outdoors right away.”

World champion cross country skier Kikkan Randall believes that the more time we spend outside together, the better. And we are right there with her.

From competing to parenting, Kikkan is a relentless advocate for a healthy, active outdoor lifestyle. In addition to challenging herself and the U.S. Ski Team to be stronger and faster (her nickname is “Kikkanimal,” after all), Kikkan is president of Fast and Female USA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young women ages 8 to 18 through sports. When she’s not skiing or coaching, she enjoys biking, running and hiking – and especially loves exploring the outdoors with her husband and their young son, Breck.

As an L.L.Bean Testing and Design Partner, Kikkan field-tests our gear all year long in the most intense conditions, providing valuable feedback to our product development teams. She pours her energy and expertise into these products, maximizing their ability to help everyone spend more time outside.

Kikkan Randall was born on New Year’s Eve into a family of skiers. Her uncle and aunt were participants in the 1976 and 1980 Winter Games, respectively. Her Dad gave her skis for her first birthday, and she claims that she could ski before she could walk.

Skiing on the driveway in Anchorage, Alaska, 1985

Randall family hike at Eklutna Lake, Alaska, in 1992

Celebrating her third Sprint World Cup win in 2014

Through high school and college, Kikkan focused on athletic competition in track and field, as well as Nordic skiing. Her titles include seven-time Alaska State High School Track Champion (800 m, 1600 m, 3200 m), three-time Alaska State High School Cross Country Champion, seven-time US Junior National Ski Champion and NCCSEF National Skier of the Year (2001).

In 2002, Kikkan realized her dream to be a World Champion as a member of the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team at the Salt Lake City Winter Games. The 2014 games in Sochi marked the fourth time she represented the United States at the Winter Games.

4 Winter Games

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

World Championships

2009 Silver, Individual Sprint
2013 Gold, Team Sprint
2017 Bronze, Individual 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