From Minnesota state champion to World Champion in just a few years, Jessie Diggins made her Olympic debut in 2014 and will look to defend her World Championships gold medal in 2015. (Getty Images/Harry How)
The USSA named 16 athletes to the 2015 Cross Country World Championships Team that will compete in Falun, Sweden.
Jessie Diggins was fifth, Liz Stephen seventh as the U.S. Ski Team closed out a strong weekend in Rybinsk.
Jessie Diggins was fifth to lead seven Americans who made the heats in a World Cup freestyle sprint in Rybinsk.
The FIS Cross Country World Cup tour came to the Swiss Alps the last two week, with back-to-back weekends of cross country ski racing. USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw was trackside with the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team and shared his thoughts.
Crashes took their toll in the Davis freestyle sprint World Cup as Kikkan Randall finished ninth and Sophie Caldwell 11th.
Liz Stephen led the U.S. Ski Team with a strong 12th place finish in a 10k freestyle race in Davos.
The U.S. women closed the gap in a 10k classic race in Davos as the World Cup tour left Scandinavia for the higher elevation Swiss Alps.
Jessie Diggins was 15th in the women's 5k freestyle, the second leg of a World Cup mini tour in Lillehammer.
Noah Hoffman and Sadie Bjornsen (seen here at 2013 U.S. Championships in Utah) both capped their respective seasons Friday with U.S. distance titles to wrap up the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships.
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall skied into 13th Sunday in the 10k freestyle pursuit, closing the three-day Falun mini-tour and putting a stamp on another successful World Cup season.
Liz Stephen, seen here racing in last week’s 4x5k team relay, led Team USA Saturday when she skied to 24th in the 30k mass start freestyle race, the final women’s cross country event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Team USA left it all on the course Saturday but was not able to keep pace and finished ninth at the women’s 4x5k relay of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Kikkan Randall suffered a heartbreaking loss Tuesday when she was knocked out of the individual freestyle sprint event Tuesday at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, while rookie Sophie Caldwell (pictured) skied into sixth and the top spot for the USA.
First-time Olympian Jessie Diggins skied into an impressive eighth and secured the top spot for Team USA in the women’s skiathlon Saturday, the opening Olympic cross country event at the Laura Cross Country Ski Center.
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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.
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