Gold Medalist Fundraises and Skis at Grand Avenue Nordic Center |

Gold Medalist Fundraises and Skis at Grand Avenue Nordic Center

Created: November 16, 2019 11:01 PM

A U.S. Olympic gold medalist in cross country skiing visited Spirit Mountain Saturday amongst her other stops in Duluth this weekend.

Kikkan Randall won the gold medal in the 2018 Olympics for team cross country skiing. The Duluth Cross-Country Ski Club welcomed her to support the Grand Avenue Nordic Center at the base of Spirit Mountain. Randall is retired now, but loves supporting ski communities and young skiers as well.

"Now that i've retired one of the perks is i get to come visit all of these amazing ski communities that are building the champions that will be our future medalists," said Kikkan Randall.

Young skiers got the opportunity to ski with the gold medalist and breast cancer survivor. Saturday night Randall attended a fundraiser for the Nordic Center. The funds will be used by the center to keep investing in projects for the ski community.

"We're aiming to raise funds to continue towards the completion of the project, which includes a snow making loop so that even early in the season like we are now, we can have snow to ski on," said Annalisa Peterson of the Duluth Cross-Country Ski Club.

The Nordic Center is one of the major elements of Duluth's St. Louis Corridor Initiative. It's cross country ski trails opened in December last year, and are the only trails in the region to have dedicated snowmaking.

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