PALMER — Wednesday evening almost 100 girls between the ages of 8 and 14 participated in a Fast and Female training session designed to encourage girls to stay engaged in sports and empowered for life.
Olympic Gold Medalist and Nordic skier Kikkan Randall, along with other female Olympic skiers, led the girls through a variety of fun and physically challenging activities to motivate these young girls to support one another, and strive towards high-level goals in sport and in life.
Randall discussed with the girls her trail to the Olympic gold medal. She emphasized how, in her youth, she set short term goals to achieve her initial major goal of competing in the Olympics. She also talked about the disappointment of not winning the Nordic Sprint gold medal at the 2014 Olympics, where she was viewed as one of the favorites to win. She emphasized how overcoming this setback made her stronger mentally and physically for the 2018 Olympics and also her battle with breast cancer immediately following the Olympics.
Randall also emphasized how the girls on the U.S. womens Nordic ski team bonded together, in what is normally considered an individual sport, and made it into a real “team sport”. She encouraged the girls to support one another and recognize the fact that we all win when a teammate wins.
Following the presentation each girl received a Fast and Female poster autographed by Randall and the other athletes.
The Fast and Female program in the Mat-Su Valley was made possible through the generous support of The Mat-Su Health Foundation, Active Soles of Palmer, Birchtree Charter School, Backcountry Bike and Ski, Subway, the Mat-Su School District, and the Mat-Su Ski Club.
Courtesy of the Mat-Su Ski Club.