US Olympic Gold Medalist, Kikkan Randall Has Breast Cancer

US Olympic Gold Medalist, Kikkan Randall Has Breast Cancer

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US Olympic Gold Medalist, Kikkan Randall Has Breast Cancer

Kikkan Randall racing in 2012 | Photo: Cephas | Cover: Kikkan Randall Instagram

Kikkan Randall personified grit better than anyone else at the Pyeongchang Olympics as she beat out favorites Norway, Sweden, and Finland to win the women’s team sprint alongside Jessie Diggins.

That same grit was evident in an Instagram post published yesterday morning in which Randall let the world know she is currently battling breast cancer. “The color pink has taken on a new chapter in my life as I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer,” said the Alaskan native and gold medalist.

According to Randall, the “prognosis is good.” Through self-examination, she detected two miniscule lumps in her left breast before going to a doctor. According to the Alaska Daily News, she is currently in Stage 2.

“I have returned to Anchorage for treatment at @providencealaska Cancer Center. It’s a scary thing to learn you have cancer and I have wondered every day since how this could have possibly happened to me. But I have promised myself that I will remain positive and active and determined throughout my treatment.”

Randall and Diggins snagged gold in the team sprint and became the first Americans to win a cross-country medal event at the winter olympics.

The color pink has taken on a new chapter in my life as I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Although we caught it early and the prognosis is good, my life will change quite a bit in the coming months. I have returned to Anchorage for treatment at @providencealaska Cancer Center. It’s a scary thing to learn you have cancer and I have wondered every day since how this could have possibly happened to me. But I have promised myself that I will remain positive and active and determined throughout my treatment. I am going to bring as much tenacity, strength, and energy toward this challenge as I have throughout my entire career. I began my first round of chemo on Monday surrounded by great friends and family. I made to sure get a gym workout in beforehand, rode my bike to and from the hospital, and wore my happy shoes. I will be using my blog to keep everyone posted through my upcoming journey. #Kikkanimal @llbean @aktivmotkreft @aktiv_usa photos by @charlesrenfroski

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Find the entire Anchorage Daily News article here: ‘So surreal’: Olympic gold medalist Kikkan Randall announces breast cancer diagnosis, returns to Anchorage for treatment

 

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