From Minnesota state champion to World Champion in just a few years, Jessie Diggins made her Olympic debut in 2014 and will look to defend her World Championships gold medal in 2015. (Getty Images/Harry How)
The U.S. women’s team skied to a second place finish in the FIS World Cup 4x5k relay on Sunday, the best ever U.S. women’s relay finish.
Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. team with a third-place finish in Saturday’s FIS World Cup 10k freestyle.
With two stage wins at the Tour de Ski, a myriad of career-best results for various athletes and top 10s galore, the U.S. Cross Country team is looking strong for the next few months of racing.
essie Diggins (Afton, MN) and Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) skied to career-best Tour de Ski overall finishes on Sunday's final stage.
Diggins skied to an historic victory in the women’s 5k freestyle individual start, just three days after Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) claimed a win in a classic sprint.
Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) led the U.S. women’s team finishing 23rd with Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) following close behind in 26th in a 10k classic mass start on Wednesday.
Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) and Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) skied into the top 10 to lead the U.S. team in stage three, a 5k freestyle pursuit, at the Tour de Ski Sunday.
January 1st marks the 10th anniversary of the Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski - a nine-day seven-stage event in three different countries.
Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) led the U.S. team with a 19th place finish and Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) followed closely behind in 20th, just 5.6 seconds behind Bjornsen.
Simi Hamilton led the U.S. Cross Country Team to a historic podium in the 1.3k freestyle sprint Satuday in Toblach, Italy.
Jessie Diggins skied some of the fastest checkpoint times, but that didn’t seem to fend off the dynamic Norwegian women’s team which snatched up all three spots on the podium.
There was a time a decade and more ago when the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team was a mere participant in the relay. Today, that team is a contender.
The women battled it to the podium in the Lillehammer sprint on Saturday, taking third.
A dozen U.S. athletes will start this weekend in the Ruka Triple to open the FIS Cross Country World Cup
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Timing has always been a strength for Jessie Diggins—the upstart racer kicked off an international career in 2011 by snagging a spot on the World Championship team in Holmenkollen, an experience she highlights years later as a medal winner as “amazing and key to getting to the next level.” The next level came in 2013 when the Minnesota native teamed with Kikkan Randall to win the team sprint at the World Championships.
Diggins is known for an aggressive style of racing and a seemingly boundless source of energy, a strength she drew on this year to win a silver medal in the 10k freestyle event at the Falun World Championships. But the media spotlight was hers before she (and teammate Caitlin Gregg) collected those World Championship medals, as Diggins used her experience and athleticism as a dance student to choreograph the team’s homage to Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” a viral hit that reminded fans that in addition to the cutthroat racing and intense focus of cross country skiing, this is a team with a sense of humor. For 2015-16, Diggins will continue training in Vermont with the SMS/T2 program and aim at still more well-timed forays to the top of the results page.
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