Olympic gold medalist Kikkan Randall said on social media Wednesday she’s recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Randall, who along with U.S. teammate Jessie Diggins, made history in Pyeongchang by becoming the first American female cross country skiers to win an Olympic medal —and it was gold. The five-time Olympian wrote on Twitter that the prognosis is good after the cancer was detected early on. “My life will change quite a bit in the coming months,” she tweeted.
A trailblazer in women’s cross country skiing, Randall came back from maternity leave to make the U.S. Olympic team for Pyeongchang. She gave birth to son Breck in April 2016.
Until this year’s Pyeongchang Olympics, Bill Koch was the only American to reach the Olympic podium in the sport of cross country skiing, winning a silver medal in the 30-kilometer event at the 1976 Innsbruck Games.