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  • ATRadio -- Kikkan Randall Says Doping Threatens Olympic Support


    (ATR) New IOC member Kikkan Randall tells Around the Rings she has some ideas about what she wants to do for the next eight years of her term.

    Kikkan Randall after winning an FIS World Cup sprint in Stockholm (Wikimedia)
    Cleaning up the competition is vital to Olympic success, according to Randall. Fair play is not only important to athletes, but to fans as well.

    "We have to keep that playing field as clean as we possibly can to keep our athletes safe and to keep the integrity of sport. If we lose that, you see what's happened to a couple of other sports that have had doping problems. People lose interest, because they just don't feel that what they're seeing is legitimate competition," Randall said on the latest edition of the Around the Rings podcast.

    She also discusses the need for more women and athletes in decision-making roles within the Olympic Movement. Inspired by the Olympics from a young age, she hopes to instill that passion into the next generation. 

    Randall won the gold medal in team cross-country skiing at PyeongChang 2018. She was one of two new IOC members elected by athletes at those Games. She also sits on the USOC board of directors. 

    She speaks with ATR Editor Ed Hula about her goals for her IOC term, the sexual harassment scandal in the USOC, and the benefit of being a former athlete at her new job.