Kikkan made her Olympic debut in cross country skiing in the same place that she was born, Salt Lake City. She has the title of best results by an American woman in both the Olympics and World Cup. In 2008, she won the World Cup, becoming the first American woman to do so. She also won the first ever US Women’s World Championship medal at the 2009 World Championships. Herself, along with Jessie Diggins, became the first US duo to win gold for the cross country team at the World Championships in Val di Fiemme in 2013.