Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, a three-time Olympian and gold medallist in the women’s 4x5km relay cross-country skiing event at PyeongChang 2018, will take Kikkan Randall’s position on the IOC AC.

Astrid retired from active sport in 2020, but is looking forward to making a further impact in athlete representation as Chair of the Norwegian NOC AC and now as a member of the IOC AC.

She will take over the rest of the elected term, which is due to end in 2026, following the conclusion of the Milano Cortina Olympic Winter Games.

Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen is joining the IOC AC. Astrid is an experienced athlete, having competed at three editions of the Olympic Winter Games, and already has strong experience in athlete representation within her NOC.

Astrid will take over directly from Kikkan Randall, who stepped down for personal reasons, and complete the remainder of her term on the IOC AC, until the end of the Olympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026.

Astrid stood for election to the IOC AC in 2018, where she emphasised her desire to work as a voice that can help develop close collaboration between athletes and the IOC.

On her appointment to the IOC AC, Astrid said: “After competing in the Olympic Games three times, I have seen the value and importance of meeting and interacting with athletes from different backgrounds and cultures. We are living in a world more fragile than ever, but also with so many opportunities. As Olympic athletes, we can be the perfect example for peaceful and fair interactions across different cultures and barriers. It pays off to engage and work for a better future, with fair, spectacular and clean competitions held in accordance with the athletes’ values and wishes. I am really excited to make a difference for athletes worldwide thanks to my combined experience from being part of an excellent performing sports team, and doing political work for athletes. When I got the chance to join the IOC AC, it was impossible to say no.“


As Olympic athletes, we can be the perfect example for peaceful and fair interactions across different cultures and barriers. It pays off to engage and work for a better future, with fair, spectacular and clean competitions held in accordance with the athletes’ values and wishes.

Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen


I am really excited to make a difference for athletes worldwide thanks to my combined experience from being part of an excellent performing sports-team, and doing political work for athletes.

Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen

Welcoming Astrid to the IOC AC, Chair of the Commission Kirsty Coventry said: “Although it is a shame to lose such a valued and active member of the Commission in Kikkan, I am very excited that Astrid has joined our Commission. Astrid brings great experience to the IOC AC as an athlete and an athlete representative, and I look forward to working closely with her.”

Astrid’s background

Astrid made her first appearance at the Olympic Winter Games in 2010, competing in the women’s sprint cross-country skiing event, and has since returned to the Games twice. In her last appearance, at PyeongChang 2018, Astrid won gold in the women’s 4x5km relay cross-country skiing with her Norwegian team-mates.

As someone who is passionate about the athletes’ voice, Astrid began actively working in athlete representation during her sporting career, and is currently the Chair of the Norway NOC AC.

Astrid retired from sport in 2020, and alongside her work in athlete representation has graduated from medical school, becoming a doctor on June 2021.

The IOC Athletes’ Commission is the elected body that serves as a link between the IOC and athletes to make the athletes’ voice heard.