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)
Liz Stephen led a best-ever U.S. women's long distance finish finishing ninth and leading three Americans into the top 19.
Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) returned to the World Cup podium with a third place finish in the Lahti Freestyle Sprint. Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) finished just behind Kikkan in fourth.
After a long World Championships, the U.S. athletes head to Lahti — a final chance to find speed at the end of a long season, a few closing fireworks to light off.
USSA columnist Tom Kelly takes a look at Jesse Diggins and Caitlin Gregg winning World Championships medals in Falun in this week's Behind the Gold.
Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) hung on for an 11th place result in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 30k classic mass start, a race defined by Norway’s Therese Johaug who broke away with a sharp pace early and held on for an impressive win.
The U.S. women finished fourth in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 3x5k relay.
America is a country motivated by possibility. And Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg showcased that in their medal-winning performance during Tuesday's World Championships 10k freestyle event.
In heavy falling snow, skiers Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) and Caitlin Gregg (Minneapolis, MN) took advantage of fast skis to finish second and third at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 10K individual freestyle race.
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team finished seventh on the men’s side and eighth on the women’s side in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden.
Jessie Diggins led the U.S. Cross Country ski team in the Ostersund World Cup 10K Freestyle
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.
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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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