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Jessica Diggins

Jessica Diggins

American cross-country skier
Jessica Diggins
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American cross-country skier
A.K.A. Диггинс, Джессика
Is Cross-country skier
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender female
Birth 26 August 1991, Afton, USA
Age: 28 years
Star sign VirgoVirgo
Stats
Height: 163 cm
Weight: 58 kg
The details

Biography

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. Diggins was named to the United States Ski Team in 2012.

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.

Career

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.

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.

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.

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

Diggins is also an ambassador for the non-profit organization Fast and Female, which works to inspire girls from ages 8–18 to be active and empowered in sports.

In addition, Diggins is an ambassador for the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Protect Our Winters, or POW, whose aim is to affect systemic solutions to climate change through the outdoor sports community. Diggins travelled with POW to Capitol Hill in April 2018 to raise concerns over climate change.

Cross-country skiing results

Olympic Games

  • 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 Gold

World Championships

  • 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 Gold
2015 23 Silver DNF 4 8
2017 25 DNF 5 Silver 4 Bronze
2019 27 25 4 8 5 5

World Cup

Season standings

 Season   Age  Season Standings Ski Tour Standings
Overall Distance Sprint Nordic
Opening
Tour de
Ski
Ski Tour 2020 Sprint
Tour
World Cup
Final
Ski Tour
Canada
2011 20 NC NC N/A N/A N/A
2012 21 34 26 35 N/A N/A 15 N/A
2013 22 36 34 44 24 21 N/A N/A 26 N/A
2014 23 20 21 23 24 13 N/A N/A 36 N/A
2015 24 22 17 23 44 DNF N/A N/A N/A N/A
2016 25 8 9 8 38 10 N/A N/A N/A 5
2017 26 6 7 10 8 5 N/A N/A 16 N/A
2018 27 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 12 3rd, bronze medalist(s) N/A N/A 2nd, silver medalist(s) N/A
2019 28 6 6 7 13 6 N/A N/A 14 N/A
2020 29 5 7 9 5 9 6 N/A N/A

Individual podiums

  • 6 victories – (2 WC, 4 SWC)
  • 26 podiums – (12 WC, 14 SWC)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1 2015–16 8 January 2016 Toblach, Italy 5 km Individual F Stage World Cup 1st
2 23 January 2016 Nové Město, Czech Republic 10 km Individual F 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 Pursuit C Stage World Cup 3rd
6 2016–17 3 December 2016 Lillehammer, Norway 5 km Individual F Stage World Cup 1st
7 3 January 2017 Oberstdorf, Germany 5 km + 5 km Skiathlon C/F Stage World Cup 2nd
8 6 January 2017 Toblach, Italy 5 km Individual F Stage World Cup 1st
9 2017–18 1 January 2018 Lenzerheide, Switzerland 10 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 3rd
10 7 January 2018 Val di Fiemme, Italy 9 km Pursuit F 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 Mass Start F 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 Mass Start F World Cup 2nd
15 18 March 2018 Falun, Sweden 10 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 1st
16 16–18 March 2018 World Cup Final Overall Standings World Cup 2nd
17 2018-19 29 December 2018 Toblach, Italy 1.3 km Sprint F Stage World Cup 3rd
18 1 January 2019 Val Müstair, Switzerland 1.4 km Sprint F Stage World Cup 3rd
19 3 January 2019 Oberstdorf, Germany 10 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 3rd
20 16 February 2019 Cogne, Italy 1.6 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
21 17 March 2019 Falun, Sweden 10 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
22 2019-20 1 December 2019 Rukatunturi, Finland 10 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 3rd
23 7 December 2019 Lillehammer, Norway 7.5 km + 7.5 km Skiathlon C/F World Cup 2nd
24 15 December 2019 Davos, Switzerland 10 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
25 4 January 2020 Val di Fiemme, Italy 1.3 km Sprint C Stage World Cup 3rd
26 26 January 2020 Oberstdorf, Germany 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup 3rd

Team podiums

  • 1 victory – (1 TS)
  • 7 podiums – (5 RL, 2 TS)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammate(s)
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 C/F 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 C/F World Cup 3rd Randall / Bjornsen / Stephen
5 2015-16 6 December 2015 Lillehammer, Norway 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd  Brennan / Bjornsen / Stephen 
6 24 January 2016 Nové Město, Czech Republic 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Caldwell / Bjornsen / Stephen
7 2019-20 8 December 2019 Lillehammer, Norway 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd  Caldwell / Bjornsen / Brennan 

US National Championships medals

2012 - Craftsbury, VT 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, 30 km freestyle Mass Start
2012 - Rumford, ME 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, Sprint classic
2012 - Rumford, ME 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, 20 km classic Mass Start
2012 - Rumford, ME 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, 10 km freestyle
2012 - Rumford, ME 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, Sprint freestyle
2011 - Sun Valley, ID 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, 30 km classic Mass Start
2011 - Rumford, ME 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, Sprint freestyle
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 11 Mar 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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