US International and ex-world champion in sprint Kikkan Randall won the 2017 Ski to Sea cross-country ski leg on Sunday, beating 300+ competitors, male or female on a 6km distance.
Ski to Sea brands itself as the biggest relay race in the world. The race has seven legs – cross-country skiing, downhill skiing or snowboarding, running, road biking, canoeing, cyclocross and kayaking.
Each year, at the end of May some 300+ teams participate in the 150 kilometer race that starts at Mt. Baker Ski Area in Whatcom County, Washington in the United States and goes, you guessed it, to the sea.
This year’s cross-country ski leg was in jeopardy for an alleged lack of entrants and the organizers have initially canceled it, causing a storm of protests from would-be participants – it was restored barely 24 hours after the cancellation.
While most of the skiers are amateurs of varied degree of training and prowess, the skiing pros often make a call. The last year’s skiing race was won by Stian Hoelgaard of ( alas, no longer there) Team LeasePlan.
This year’s winner, Randall is, arguably, the best cross-country skier America has ever produced with 28 appearances on the World Cup podiums, of which she won 13.
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