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Representing a growing contingent of Midwestern skiers, Jessie Diggins had nine U.S. junior titles and three Minnesota state titles before ever representing the red, white and blue. A gap year between high school and college to focus on racing paid large dividends, as Diggins landed a spot on the U.S. Ski Team in 2011 and made her Olympic debut in 2014.

In 2013, the Stratton Mountain Elites skier made history with teammate Kikkan Randall, winning the USA’s first-ever World Championships gold medal in the team sprint and first-ever first place in a World Cup team sprint.

The 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games didn’t yield the same team success, however Diggins excelled individually, landing eighth in the opening skiathlon event. Diggins also posted seven scoring results on the World Cup circuit, including a fifth in the Szklarska Poreba, Poland freestyle sprint final.

Add five U.S. titles, including a sweep of all four events at the 2012 U.S. Championships, and Diggins is already on the short list of American nordic skiing greats. And at just 23, it looks like we might be hearing about this young skier for years to come.

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
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
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
6th, Sprint FS, Moscow, RUS, 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