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Randall, Demong - USSA athletes of the year

Mon, May  19, 2008 - By USST

World Cup Win Boosts Randall to Cross Country Athlete of Year

An athlete who marked her page in ski history, Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) was the recipient of the 2008 USSA Cross Country Athlete of the Year award.

Randall adapted a "no guts, no glory" mentality in the 2008 season, which led her to become the first U.S. woman in the 27-year history of cross country World Cup to win. She grabbed a victory at the the Rybinsk, Russia sprint event in December. It also was the first U.S. victory since Bill Koch in 1983.

Randall, who first made history 2006 when she became the first U.S. woman to break the top three of a World Cup cross country race, is a true inspiration to American cross country skiers. Her win serves as a milestone by which future cross country skiers will measure their success.

Demong Recognized as Nordic Combined Athlete of the Year

Bill Demong (Vermontville, NY), who added to the historic U.S. Ski Team season in 2008, was the Nordic Combined Athlete of the Year. Demong took six World Cup podiums, including a win, to become the first American to finish in the top three in the season long standings. Demong then went on to win the U.S. Nordic Combined Championships.

After a serious swimming pool accident five years ago, Demong showed true athletic determination in his quest to battle back to the top, and proved himself as a world-class athlete with his successful World Cup season in 2008.