On Her Precompetition Ritual
The week before a race is so hectic that my gear and clothes end up strewn everywhere, so to calm my nerves I tidy up.
On Getting Pumped
I'm a Top 40 girl. We blast music on the way to any race. This year Katy Perry's "Roar" may be our anthem.
On Her Game
Many sports leave your body broken-down. But you can cross-country ski from the moment you learn to walk to the day you need a walker.
On Her Nickname
In high school, I'd rally my team to do one more lap, one more set of push-ups. People would say, "Jeez, Kikkan, you're an animal!" And Kikkanimal was born.