Jessica Diggins

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Jessica Diggins
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Diggins in 2018
Born (1991-08-26) August 26, 1991 (age 27)
Afton, Minnesota, United States
Height5 ft 4 in (163 cm)[1]
Ski clubStratton Mountain Elites
World Cup career
Seasons2011–
Individual wins5
Indiv. podiums16
Overall titles0 – (2nd in 2018)
Discipline titles0 – (3rd in DI in 2018)
Updated on February 21, 2018.

Jessica "Jessie" Diggins (born August 26, 1991) is an American cross country skier.[2] 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[edit]

Jessie Diggins was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and grew up in Afton, Minnesota.[3] She has one sister, Mackenzie.[4] Diggins began skiing at age 4.[5] She showed prowess for skiing at age 11 when she started competing against older children.[5] Diggins graduated from Stillwater Area High School.[3]

Career[edit]

Diggins won a gold medal with Kikkan Randall in the team sprint in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2013 in Val di Fiemme.[2] 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.[2]

Diggins was named to the U.S. team for the 2014 Winter Olympics. In her first event, the 15 kilometer skiathlon, she placed 8th (out of 61 competitors) with a time of 40:05.5.[6]

In the 2015/2016 World Cup, she placed 8th in the overall and sprint rankings and 9th in the distance ranking.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

At the end of the games she was chosen as the flag bearer for the United States at the closing ceremony.[12]

World Cup results[edit]

World Cup standings[edit]

 Season   Age  Season Standings Ski Tour Standings
Overall Distance Sprint Nordic
Opening
Tour de
Ski
World Cup
Final
Ski Tour
Canada
2011 19 N/A
2012 20 34 26 35 15 N/A
2013 21 36 34 44 24 21 26 N/A
2014 22 20 21 23 24 13 36 N/A
2015 23 22 17 23 44 N/A N/A
2016 24 8 9 8 38 10 N/A 5
2017 25 6 7 10 8 5 16 N/A
2018 26 2 3 6 12 3 2 N/A

Individual podiums[edit]

  • 5 victories – (1 WC, 4 SWC)
  • 16 podiums – (7 WC, 9 SWC)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1 2015–16 8 January 2016 Italy Toblach, Italy 5 km F Individual Stage World Cup 1st
2 23 January 2016 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 10 km F Individual World Cup 3rd
3 20 February 2016 Finland Lahti, Finland 1.6 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
4 1 March 2016 Canada Gatineau, Canada 1.7 km Sprint F Stage World Cup 3rd
5 12 March 2016 Canada Canmore, Canada 10 km C Pursuit Stage World Cup 3rd
6 2016–17 3 December 2016 Norway Lillehammer, Norway 5 km F Individual Stage World Cup 1st
7 3 January 2017 Germany Oberstdorf, Germany 5 km + 5 km C/F Skiathlon Stage World Cup 2nd
8 6 January 2017 Italy Toblach, Italy 5 km F Individual Stage World Cup 1st
9 2017–18 1 January 2018 Switzerland Lenzerheide, Switzerland 10 km F Pursuit Stage World Cup 3rd
10 7 January 2018 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 9 km F Pursuit Stage World Cup 3rd
11 30 December 2017
– 7 January 2018
SwitzerlandGermanyItaly Tour de Ski Overall Standings World Cup 3rd
12 28 January 2018 Austria Seefeld, Austria 10 km F Mass Start World Cup 1st
13 7 March 2018 Norway Drammen, Norway 1.2 km Sprint C World Cup 3rd
14 11 March 2018 Norway Oslo, Norway 30 km F Mass Start World Cup 2nd
15 18 March 2018 Sweden Falun, Sweden 10 km F Pursuit Stage World Cup 1st
16 16–18 March 2018 Sweden World Cup Final Overall Standings World Cup 2nd

Team podiums[edit]

  • 1 victories – (1 TS)
  • 6 podiums – (4 RL, 2 TS)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammate(s)
1 2011–12 15 January 2012 Italy Milan, Italy 6 × 1.4 km Team Sprint F World Cup 2nd Randall
2 2012–13 25 November 2012 Sweden Gällivare, Sweden 4 × 5 km Relay M World Cup 3rd Brooks / Randall / Stephen
3 7 December 2012 Canada Quebec City, Canada 6 × 1.6 km Team Sprint F World Cup 1st Randall
4 2013–14 8 December 2013 Norway Lillehammer, Norway 4 × 5 km Relay M World Cup 3rd Randall / Bjornsen / Stephen
5 2015-16 6 December 2015 Norway Lillehammer, Norway 4 × 5 km Relay M World Cup 3rd  Brennan / Bjornsen / Stephen 
6 24 January 2016 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 4 × 5 km Relay M World Cup 2nd Caldwell / Bjornsen / Stephen

Olympic results[edit]

  • 1 medal - (1 gold)
 Year   Age   10 km 
individual
 15 km 
 skiathlon 
 30 km 
mass start
 Sprint   4 × 5 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
2014 22 8 40 12 9
2018 26 5 5 7 6 5 1

World Championship results[edit]

  • 4 medals – (1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)
 Year   Age   10 km 
individual
 15 km 
 skiathlon 
 30 km 
mass start
 Sprint   4 × 5 km 
 relay 
 Team 
 sprint 
2011 19 28 29 9
2013 21 23 DNF 4 1
2015 23 2 DNF 4 8
2017 25 DNF 5 2 4 3

Other results[edit]

US National Championships medals
2012 - United States Craftsbury, VT 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, 30 km freestyle Mass Start
2012 - United States Rumford, ME 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, Sprint classic
2012 - United States Rumford, ME 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, 20 km classic Mass Start
2012 - United States Rumford, ME 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, 10 km freestyle
2012 - United States Rumford, ME 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, Sprint freestyle
2011 - United States Sun Valley, ID 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, 30 km classic Mass Start
2011 - United States Rumford, ME 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, Sprint freestyle

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jessie Diggins". usskiandsnowboard.org. United States Ski and Snowboard Association. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Jessica Diggins at the International Ski Federation
  3. ^ a b "Jessie Diggins". Team USA. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "Jessie Diggins". U.S. Ski & Snowboard. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  5. ^ a b 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.
  6. ^ "Ladies' Skiathlon 7.5 km Classic + 7.5 km Free Results". SOOC. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
  7. ^ "FIS Ski World Cup Leader Board". International Ski Federation. Archived from the original on 2016-03-16. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  8. ^ Axon, Rachel (24 February 2017). "U.S. women make history at cross country skiing world championships". USAToday.com. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Jessie Diggins takes third in Tour de Ski, makes history for U.S. team". USAToday.com. 7 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ 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.

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