Kikkan Randall: An unexpected year

In April of 2018, Kikkan Randall sat down with Charles Wohlforth on Outdoor Explorer and reflected on the final race of her skiing career. As all of Alaska knows, that race resulted in the first gold medal by Americans in Nordic Skiing. She was happily looking forward to a new phase of life, moving with her family to Penticton, British Columbia, and advocating for opportunities for girls and women in sports at all levels. Within 6 weeks of that interview, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and she began another journey of advocacy as a role model of physical activity during cancer treatment. Kikkan and I will chat about this life changing experience as well as how growing up in Anchorage influenced her development as an athlete and her next big athletic challenge.

HOST: Lisa Keller

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Segment 1: Kikkan Randall, Olympic gold medalist and cancer survivor

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BROADCAST: Thursday, August 8th, 2019. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, August 8th, 2019. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT

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Eric Bork, Alaska Public Media
Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, was the Audio Media Content Producer for KSKA-FM. He now produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, the Alaska focused outdoors program. He also maintains the web posts for that show. You may have heard him filling in for Morning Edition or All Things Considered and can still find him operating the sound board for any of the live broadcast programs. After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!