After winning an Olympic gold medal and being elected to the IOC Athletes’ Commission in a matter of days, Kikkan Randall explains what will drive her in her new role
I feel like I’m floating at the moment. In the past couple of days I’ve achieved things that I’ve worked my entire career for. To win our first-ever gold medal in cross-country skiing, and to do it with a teammate, was incredible. And now it’s such a tremendous honour to be elected by my fellow athletes, who came out in record numbers.
I want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to those who voted for believing in me and choosing me as their representative.
What I want to work towards
I promise to bring a lot of passion and energy towards representing the voice of the athletes, and also to looking for ways to further engage you in decision-making processes. Working on the Athletes’ Commission of the FIS, I have seen the impact we can have by creating a great pathway of communication, and I think being able to do that at the IOC level will be even more incredible.
I’m really excited to bring my experience of five Olympic Games to the IOC Athletes’ Commission and I look forward to learning from its great members, who have been doing an amazing job over the last few years.
The issues we face
The fight against doping is obviously a huge issue facing athletes today. But the crisis that we’ve seen over the last couple of Olympic Games creates an opportunity for us to band together, strengthen the whole process and make it more transparent.
I also think there are great opportunities to support athletes both during their career and afterwards. The Athletes’ Commission has already done a great job with the Athlete Career Programme and the Athlete Charter, but I think there are still ways that we can support Olympic athletes.
I also love the fact that gender equality is a major part of Olympic Agenda 2020. I lead an organisation in the US called Fast and Female, which is all about keeping girls involved in sports, so I look forward to working on that front too.
My hopes for the future
My positive experiences working on the FIS Athletes’ Commission are why I wanted to join the IOC Athletes’ Commission. I have seen that change is possible and that athletes can be a central part of the decision-making process. But also, I just care so much about the Olympic Games. It has been such an inspirational part of my life and now, having a young son, I want the Olympic Games to continue to have a positive impact on the world for generations to come. I look forward to doing everything I can to contribute to that and push it forward.