Diggins in 2018
|Born||August 26, 1991|
Afton, Minnesota, United States
|Height||5 ft 4 in (163 cm)|
|Ski club||Stratton Mountain Elites|
|World Cup career|
|Overall titles||0 – (2nd in 2018)|
|Discipline titles||0 – (3rd in DI in 2018)|
|Updated on February 21, 2018.|
Jessica "Jessie" Diggins (born August 26, 1991) is an American cross country skier. She and teammate Kikkan Randall won the United States' first ever cross-country skiing gold medal at the Winter Olympics in women's team sprint at Pyeongchang in 2018.
Early life and education
Jessie Diggins was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and grew up in Afton, Minnesota. She has one sister, Mackenzie. Diggins began skiing at age 4. She showed prowess for skiing at age 11 when she started competing against older children. Diggins graduated from Stillwater Area High School.
Diggins won a gold medal with Kikkan Randall in the team sprint in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2013 in Val di Fiemme. Two years later she won the silver medal in the 10 kilometer free style race in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2015 in Falun.
In the 2015/2016 World Cup, she placed 8th in the overall and sprint rankings and 9th in the distance ranking.
At the 2017 Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland, Diggins took two medals: in the freestyle sprint, she won her quarter-final and semi-final heats on her way to taking the silver, ahead of team-mate Randall in third. Subsequently in the classic team sprint, Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen finished third, catching and passing the Swedish team in the closing stages of the race to take the bronze by 0.19 seconds. This made Diggins the first American to take four World Championship medals in cross-country skiing.
Diggins finished third overall in the 2017–18 Tour de Ski, becoming the first American to finish on the podium in the overall classification, and beating her previous best of fifth overall in the previous edition. Her teammate Sadie Bjornsen finished ninth overall, also making it the first time that two Americans finished in the overall top ten.
During the 2018 Winter Olympics she and Randall became the first American cross-country skiers to capture a gold medal by winning the women's team sprint at the Alpensia Cross-Country Centre in PyeongChang, South Korea.
World Cup results
World Cup standings
|Season||Age||Season Standings||Ski Tour Standings|
- 5 victories – (1 WC, 4 SWC)
- 16 podiums – (7 WC, 9 SWC)
|1||2015–16||8 January 2016||Toblach, Italy||5 km F Individual||Stage World Cup||1st|
|2||23 January 2016||Nové Město, Czech Republic||10 km F Individual||World Cup||3rd|
|3||20 February 2016||Lahti, Finland||1.6 km Sprint F||World Cup||2nd|
|4||1 March 2016||Gatineau, Canada||1.7 km Sprint F||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|5||12 March 2016||Canmore, Canada||10 km C Pursuit||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|6||2016–17||3 December 2016||Lillehammer, Norway||5 km F Individual||Stage World Cup||1st|
|7||3 January 2017||Oberstdorf, Germany||5 km + 5 km C/F Skiathlon||Stage World Cup||2nd|
|8||6 January 2017||Toblach, Italy||5 km F Individual||Stage World Cup||1st|
|9||2017–18||1 January 2018||Lenzerheide, Switzerland||10 km F Pursuit||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|10||7 January 2018||Val di Fiemme, Italy||9 km F Pursuit||Stage World Cup||3rd|
|11||30 December 2017
– 7 January 2018
|Tour de Ski||Overall Standings||World Cup||3rd|
|12||28 January 2018||Seefeld, Austria||10 km F Mass Start||World Cup||1st|
|13||7 March 2018||Drammen, Norway||1.2 km Sprint C||World Cup||3rd|
|14||11 March 2018||Oslo, Norway||30 km F Mass Start||World Cup||2nd|
|15||18 March 2018||Falun, Sweden||10 km F Pursuit||Stage World Cup||1st|
|16||16–18 March 2018||World Cup Final||Overall Standings||World Cup||2nd|
- 1 victories – (1 TS)
- 6 podiums – (4 RL, 2 TS)
|1||2011–12||15 January 2012||Milan, Italy||6 × 1.4 km Team Sprint F||World Cup||2nd||Randall|
|2||2012–13||25 November 2012||Gällivare, Sweden||4 × 5 km Relay M||World Cup||3rd||Brooks / Randall / Stephen|
|3||7 December 2012||Quebec City, Canada||6 × 1.6 km Team Sprint F||World Cup||1st||Randall|
|4||2013–14||8 December 2013||Lillehammer, Norway||4 × 5 km Relay M||World Cup||3rd||Randall / Bjornsen / Stephen|
|5||2015-16||6 December 2015||Lillehammer, Norway||4 × 5 km Relay M||World Cup||3rd||Brennan / Bjornsen / Stephen|
|6||24 January 2016||Nové Město, Czech Republic||4 × 5 km Relay M||World Cup||2nd||Caldwell / Bjornsen / Stephen|
- 1 medal - (1 gold)
|Year||Age|| 10 km
| 15 km
| 30 km
|Sprint|| 4 × 5 km
| Team |
World Championship results
- 4 medals – (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)
|Year||Age|| 10 km
| 15 km
| 30 km
|Sprint|| 4 × 5 km
| Team |
- US National Championships medals
- 2012 - Craftsbury, VT 2nd, 30 km freestyle Mass Start
- 2012 - Rumford, ME 2nd, Sprint classic
- 2012 - Rumford, ME 1st, 20 km classic Mass Start
- 2012 - Rumford, ME 1st, 10 km freestyle
- 2012 - Rumford, ME 1st, Sprint freestyle
- 2011 - Sun Valley, ID 3rd, 30 km classic Mass Start
- 2011 - Rumford, ME 1st, Sprint freestyle
- "Jessie Diggins". usskiandsnowboard.org. United States Ski and Snowboard Association. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
- Jessica Diggins at the International Ski Federation
- "Jessie Diggins". Team USA. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
- "Jessie Diggins". U.S. Ski & Snowboard. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
- Emerson, Dan (January 2017). "Afton's Jessie Diggins is a star on the U.S. Nordic Ski Team". Community Life Magazine. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
- "Ladies' Skiathlon 7.5 km Classic + 7.5 km Free Results". SOOC. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
- "FIS Ski World Cup Leader Board". International Ski Federation. Archived from the original on 2016-03-16. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
- Axon, Rachel (24 February 2017). "U.S. women make history at cross country skiing world championships". USAToday.com. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
- Shinn, Peggy (26 February 2017). "Jessie Diggins, Sadie Bjornsen Win Bronze In Team Sprint; Diggins Is First American To Win 4 World Medals". United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
- "Jessie Diggins takes third in Tour de Ski, makes history for U.S. team". USAToday.com. 7 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
- Dougherty, Tom (February 21, 2018). "U.S. ends 42-year Olympic cross-country medal drought with historic gold". NBC Universal. Archived from the original on 2018-03-07. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
- Nancy Armour (23 February 2018). "Gold medalist Jessie Diggins will carry U.S. flag in 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony". USA Today. Retrieved 26 November 2018.