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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.

FIRST TRACKS
With a family that loved being active and outdoors, Diggins joined the Minnesota Youth Ski League when she was three. She started by just skiing with friends on Sundays but gradually expanded to every day of the week as she joined the high school ski team and then Central Cross Country skiing (CXC).

OFF THE SNOW
When she's not skiing, Jessie loves to be active in other ways like hiking, camping, running, swimming, dancing or pick-up soccer games. She likes to read, is learning to play guitar and loves artsy-crafty projects.

 

Highlights

OLYMPICS
Teams: 2014
8th, Skiathlon, Sochi, RUS, 2014
13th, Sprint FS, Sochi, RUS, 2014

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Teams: 2011, 2013, 2015
2nd, 10k Freestyle, Falun, SWE 2015
4th, 4x5k Relay, Falun, SWE 2015
1st, Team Sprint F, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013
4th, 4x5k Relay, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013
23rd, 10k F, Val di Fiemme, ITA, 2013

WORLD CUP
4th, Freestyle Spring, Lahti, FIN, 2015
5th, Skiathlon 7.5k/7.5C/F, Rybinsk, RUS, 2015
5th, Freestyle Sprint, Rybinsk, RUS, 2015
1st, Team Sprint F, Quebec, CAN, 2013
2nd, Team Sprint FS, Milan, ITA, 2012
5th, Sprint FS, Szklarska Poreba, POL, 2014
5th, 4x5k Relay, Nove Mesto, CZE, 2012

Stage World Cup
5th, 3k FS prologue, Oberhof, GER, 2014
8th, 2.5k F, Falun, SWE, 2013

U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS
2012, Sprint FS, Rumford, ME
2012, Sprint CL, Rumford, ME
2012, 20k CL MST, Rumford, ME
2012, 10k FS, Rumford, ME
2011, Sprint FS, Rumford, ME

OTHER
Won nine U.S. Junior titles

Seventh in Junior World Championship relay

Won three State Championships in Minnesota