Tad Elliott charges to a victory in the men's 15k freestyle at the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships in Rumford. (USSA/Bryan Fish)
RUMFORD, ME (Jan. 5) - Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) of Team CXC picked up her second title of the week while Ski and Snowboard Club Vail's Tad Elliott (Durango, CO) took a third career U.S. gold in day two of the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships at Black Mountain in Rumford. Elliott took a close win in the men's 15kk freestyle while Diggins had a big margin in taking second gold in the 10k. Action continues Friday with 30k and 20k classic mass start events.
Third career title for Tad Elliott in the 15k freestyle, defending his 2011 title.
Third career title for Jessie Diggins and second of the week.
Elliott won with his signature race-winning final lap, similar to his Davos World Cup performance in December when he cracked the top 30.
The win was another major stepping stone for Diggins, who will head to the World Cup next week starting with a sprint in Milan.
Team CXC's Matt Liebsch (Plymouth, MN), who won the American Birkebeiner in 2010, took a huge jump with a silver for his second U.S. Championships podium and first since 2009.
Ski and Snowboard Club Vail's Sylvan Ellefson (Vail, CO) took bronze as well as jumping into the overall SuperTour lead.
Team CXC's Caitlin Gregg (Warren, VT), third overall but second American, took silver.
APU Nordic's Kate Fitzgerald (Palmer, AK) had another breakthrough finish to take bronze.
Action continues Friday with a men's 30k and women's 20k classic mass start events.