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Jessie Diggins
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Diggins in Seefeld, January, 2018
Country  United States
Born August 26, 1991 (1991-08-26) (age 30)
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Height 5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Ski club Stratton Mountain School
World Cup career
Seasons 2011–
Individual wins 10
Team wins 1
Indiv. podiums 35
Team podiums 7
Indiv. starts 227
Team starts 12
Overall titles 1 – (2021)
Discipline titles 1 – (DI in 2021)
Updated on 14 March 2021.

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. She penned an autobiography in 2020 about her athletic accomplishments and personal struggles with bulimia nervosa as a teenager. In March 2021, she clinched the top spot in the overall women's standings for the 2020–21 FIS Cross-Country World Cup.

Early life and education

Jessie Diggins was born in Saint 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.

Athletic 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. She finished second overall in the World Cup 2017–2018 season standings.

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 won the 2021 Tour de Ski, a first for an American. She placed atop the overall World Cup 2020–2021 season standings, claiming the biggest annual prize in cross-country skiing. Diggins' victory put her with Bill Koch, who won the men's title in 1982, to be the only Americans to win overall season titles for a World Cup cross-country ski circuit.

Social activism

Diggins is 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. Diggins is also 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.

In 2019, Diggins became a spokesperson for the Emily Program, an organization in the United States that provides treatment for eating disorders. In several interviews and essays, she revealed her experience of seeking treatment for bulimia in 2010 at the organization while as a teenage athlete, with the aim of her story to improve self-acceptance and reduce stigma and secrecy around eating disorders.

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
2021 29 4 15 24 4

World Cup

Season titles

  • 2 titles – (1 overall, 1 distance)
Season
Discipline
2021 Overall
Distance

Season standings

 Season   Age  Season Standings Ski Tour Standings
Overall Distance Sprint Nordic
Opening
Tour de
Ski
Ski Tour 2020 World Cup
Final
Ski Tour
Canada
2011 19 NC NC N/A N/A
2012 20 34 26 35 N/A 15 N/A
2013 21 36 34 44 24 21 N/A 26 N/A
2014 22 20 21 23 24 13 N/A 36 N/A
2015 23 22 17 23 44 DNF N/A N/A N/A
2016 24 8 9 8 38 10 N/A N/A 5
2017 25 6 7 10 8 5 N/A 16 N/A
2018 26 2 3 6 12 3 N/A 2 N/A
2019 27 6 6 7 13 6 N/A 14 N/A
2020 28 6 8 11 5 9 6 N/A N/A
2021 29 1 1 4 15 1 N/A N/A N/A

Individual podiums

  • 10 victories – (4 WC, 6 SWC)
  • 35 podiums – (15 WC, 20 SWC)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1 2015–16 8 January 2016 Italy Toblach, Italy 5 km Individual F Stage World Cup 1st
2 23 January 2016 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 10 km Individual F 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 Pursuit C Stage World Cup 3rd
6 2016–17 3 December 2016 Norway Lillehammer, Norway 5 km Individual F Stage World Cup 1st
7 3 January 2017 Germany Oberstdorf, Germany 5 km + 5 km Skiathlon C/F Stage World Cup 2nd
8 6 January 2017 Italy Toblach, Italy 5 km Individual F Stage World Cup 1st
9 2017–18 1 January 2018 Switzerland Lenzerheide, Switzerland 10 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 3rd
10 7 January 2018 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 9 km Pursuit F 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 Mass Start F 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 Mass Start F World Cup 2nd
15 18 March 2018 Sweden Falun, Sweden 10 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 1st
16 16–18 March 2018 Sweden World Cup Final Overall Standings World Cup 2nd
17 2018-19 29 December 2018 Italy Toblach, Italy 1.3 km Sprint F Stage World Cup 3rd
18 1 January 2019 Switzerland Val Müstair, Switzerland 1.4 km Sprint F Stage World Cup 3rd
19 3 January 2019 Germany Oberstdorf, Germany 10 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 3rd
20 16 February 2019 Italy Cogne, Italy 1.6 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
21 17 March 2019 Sweden Falun, Sweden 10 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
22 2019-20 1 December 2019 Finland Rukatunturi, Finland 10 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 3rd
23 7 December 2019 Norway Lillehammer, Norway 7.5 km + 7.5 km Skiathlon C/F World Cup 2nd
24 15 December 2019 Switzerland Davos, Switzerland 10 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
25 4 January 2020 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 1.3 km Sprint C Stage World Cup 3rd
26 26 January 2020 Germany Oberstdorf, Germany 1.5 km Sprint C World Cup 3rd
27  2020–21  1 January 2021 Switzerland Val Müstair, Switzerland 1.4 km Sprint F Stage World Cup 3rd
28 2 January 2021 10 km Mass Start C Stage World Cup 3rd
29 3 January 2021 10 km Pursuit F Stage World Cup 1st
30 5 January 2021 Italy Toblach, Italy 10 km Individual F Stage World Cup 1st
31 6 January 2021 10 km Pursuit C Stage World Cup 3rd
32 9 January 2021 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 10 km Mass Start F Stage World Cup 2nd
33 1–10 January 2021 SwitzerlandItaly Tour de Ski Overall Standings World Cup 1st
34 29 January 2021 Sweden Falun, Sweden 10 km Individual F World Cup 1st
35 6 February 2021 Sweden Ulricehamn, Sweden 1.3 km Sprint F 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 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 C/F 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 C/F World Cup 3rd Randall / Bjornsen / Stephen
5 2015-16 6 December 2015 Norway Lillehammer, Norway 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 3rd  Brennan / Bjornsen / Stephen 
6 24 January 2016 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd Caldwell / Bjornsen / Stephen
7 2019-20 8 December 2019 Norway Lillehammer, Norway 4 × 5 km Relay C/F World Cup 2nd  Caldwell / Bjornsen / Brennan 

US National Championships medals

2018 - United States Craftsbury, Vermont 1 1st, 30 km freestyle mass start
2016 - United States Craftsbury, Vermont 1 1st, 30 km freestyle mass Start
2012 - United States Craftsbury, Vermont 2 2nd, 30 km freestyle mass Start
2012 - United States Rumford, Maine 2 2nd, sprint classic
2012 - United States Rumford, Maine 1 1st, 20 km classic mass start
2012 - United States Rumford, Maine 1 1st, 10 km freestyle
2012 - United States Rumford, Maine 1 1st, sprint freestyle
2011 - United States Sun Valley, Idaho 3 3rd, 30 km classic mass start
2011 - United States Rumford, Maine 1 1st, sprint freestyle
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