ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Anchorage's Kikkan Randall returned home Sunday evening after winning her first gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Randall arrived at Ted Steven's International Airport where she was greeted by her husband, son, family, and a contingent of supporters.
The five-time Olympian and Minnesota's Jessie Diggans won gold Feb. 21 in the team sprint only .19 seconds ahead of second-placed Sweden.
The gold medal was the first ever Olympic medal for Team USA's women's cross-country ski team.
Randall told Channel 2 reporter MK Burgess that "it's a fairy tale ending" to finish her career with a gold medal. "I had a great mindset all season and remembered to soak it all in, knowing it was going to be my last."
After her win, Randall told Channel 2 that she hoped her victory would inspire Alaskans to "dream big" and that her medal "belongs to you guys too," she continued saying, "you guys have all been a part of this and I can't wait to get home to share it with you."