From Minnesota State Champion to World Champion in just a few years, Jessie Diggins has had a mercurial rise to the top, one that she’ll look to continue at the 2014 Olympics. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Andy Newell placed 11th and took the top finish for the USA in the Royal Palace Classic Sprint.
Liz Stephen was ninth for a career best at 30k freestyle in the Holmenkollen Ski Festival at Oslo.
Liz Stephen finished 16th in the 30k classic at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
The U.S. Ski Team's women's relay squad skied to an historic best ever fourth place finish at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme.
Liz Stephen powered into the top five in the 10k individual skate at the FIS World Nordic Ski Championships.
VIDEO: Randall, Diggins Win Worlds
Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) skied a gutsy race to take gold in the team sprint at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. It was the first ever World Championships gold for USA in cross country.
Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins took gold in the team sprint at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships - the first American gold ever in cross country.
Jessie Diggins was 14th and Liz Stephen 15th in a 10k freestyle in Davos.
Liz Stephen skied to a career best eighth in the skiathlon Olympic test event near Sochi.
Kikkan Randall led start to finish in every heat to take the freestyle sprint Olympic test event in Sochi.
Five women and two men qualified into sprint finals at the Laura Cross Country Ski Center in Sochi.
A strong team of 13 was named by the USSA for the upcoming FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Val di Fiemme.
Liz Stephen led a strong U.S. Ski Team surge with four women in the top 30.
Kikkan Randall finished 12th, Liz Stephen 15th as the seven stage Tour de Ski came to a close.
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With nine U.S. Junior titles and three Minnesota State Championships titles, Jessie Diggins decided to take a year off between high school and college to focus on racing. That leap of faith continues to pay dividends today, as she landed a spot on the U.S. Ski Team and has become one of the best female skiers the U.S. has ever seen.
The 2013 season was a monster for Diggins. The five-time U.S. Champion teamed up with teammate Kikkan Randall to win the USA’s first-ever World Championships gold medal in the team sprint as well as the first-ever victory in a World Cup team sprint. When she wasn’t making history, Diggins was putting up more impressive results, finishing 8th in the skate prologue of the World Cup finals and placing 21st in her first-ever Tour de Ski.
Still a young competitor, Diggins’ resume is nothing to shrug at. In 2011, the Minnesotan stormed the competitive ranks, sweeping the four Marriot Junior Championships, winning her first U.S. title and skiing in her first World Championships. She was just getting started, because in 2012 she swept all four titles at U.S. Championships and then scored in eight straight World Cup events, all during her first full season on the circuit.
Diggins has already proved that her chemistry with the team can help land them on the podium, so as Sochi 2014 rolls around, eyes will be on the Diggins-Randall pair to bring home the USA’s first women’s Nordic medals.
World Championships marked another high point in the season with Kikkan [Randall] and I winning the first-ever gold medal for cross country in the team sprint. Earlier in the year we won the first team sprint in a World Cup. Individual highlights for me were an 8th place in the skate prologue at World Cup finals, a 12th place in the 5km skate in Kuusamo and 21st in the Tour de Ski. Racing the Tour de Ski for the first time was such a blast, and completing such a challenging race series was really fun.
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