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Kikkan Randall: Change Of Fortune

Updated: January 24, 2014, 9:15 PM ET
By Mackenzie Lobby | Special to espnW.com

Kikkan Randall's love for cross-country skiing began in an unlikely way, strapped to a pair of Alpine skis before she was hardly old enough to walk.

The day after her first birthday, Randall's dad, Ronn, came home with the smallest boots he could find, along with a pair of 31-inch Alpine skis for his daughter.

"He would build a little hill in the front yard to practice or he'd tie a rope around my waist and let me go," she remembered.

Even the name "Kikkan" ...

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