FasterSkier.com from Rybinsk
RYBINSK, Russia (Dec. 16 - FasterSkier.com) - In a dominant display today, Kikkan Randall won the first ever World Cup for an American woman. She finished 2nd in qualifying and consistently distanced herself from the field in her heats. In the final, Randall came out of the pack on the climb and had a couple meters on Astrid Jacobson at the top. She held onto that advantage into the finishing lanes and crossed the line a ski length in front of Jacobson and Natalia Korosteleva of Russia. Randall looked explosive all day and stood out in the qualifying heats with her tempo and power of her stride. Even before the final there was a lot of buzz in the crowds about the American skier, and Randall was in a class of her own in the final.