An Olympic Cross-Country Skier Shares Her Favorite Kitchen Tool

updated May 24, 2019
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Cross-country skier Kikkan Randall made her Olympic debut at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. She was just 19 years old. In the past 16 years she has transformed the sport and been an inspiration to a new generation of athletes. In 2012 she became the first woman to win a world cup title in almost 30 years. She’s going after her first Olympic medal this year in South Korea. Oh, and did I mention that on top of all her incredible accomplishments she’s a mom? She gave birth to her son Breck in 2016.

Before she went to South Korea, we had a chance to catch up with Randall to ask her about her favorite things in her kitchen, including the things she always has in her pantry and her favorite cooking tool for quick meals.

1. What are the staples you always have in your pantry?

Cross-country skiing requires a lot of fuel for both training and recovery. In my pantry and fridge you will always find eggs, ham and cheese for omelettes, and lean protein sources (wild salmon, chicken, cottage cheese).

2. What are the pantry staples everyone who does cross-country skiing should have in their pantry?

Sweet potatoes and whole-grain carb sources.

3. Are there things you avoid eating before you compete?

Since we are a very much a strength-to-weight ratio sport, just eating high-quality food and achieving the most optimal balance with the demands of training helps with higher performance.

4. What’s your favorite “cheat day” food?

I love maple glazed donuts!

5. What’s your favorite tool in your kitchen?

My toaster, for my toast with a little cinnamon sugar in the morning.

Winter Olympics 2018

This year the winter Olympics are being held in Pyeongchang County, South Korea. The opening ceremony is Friday, February 9 and the games end on February 25. You can find the competition schedule here.

Thanks so much for talking with us, Kikkan!