Caitlin Patterson wins four national titles at cross country ski championships

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The last woman to accomplish four national titles in cross country skiing was Kikkan Randall – now, it's Caitlin Patterson.

The Anchorage local put on a show this past weekend at the U.S. National Cross Country Championships, winning all four national championships: two distance and two sprint crowns.

"I still can't believe it, " Patterson said with a chuckle. "It's starting to set in, maybe a little bit."

Adding to the magic, Patterson won her first major titles in sprint racing.

"That was incredible, because sprinting is so erratic," she said.

Patterson also talked about the emotions of accomplishing something Randall had done.

"I feel honored to be in the same sentence as her," she said with a smile. "She's such a trailblazer for the whole Nordic community."

No word yet on if she has made the Olympic team, but Patterson is hopeful.

"I've done everything I can," she stated. "I certainly hope I've proved that I belong on that team."

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