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)
Jessie Diggins picked up a win while Andy Newell was second as the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team had a strong opener in a FIS classic sprint in Gaellivare.
Olympian Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) opened the three-day Toppidrettsveka roller ski stage race, finishing fifth in a classic sprint. Noah Hoffman and Stephen finishing third in the uphill running race.
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team will kickoff its 2015-16 season on wheels. Eight members of the team are training in Norway in anticipation of this weekend’s three-day Toppidrettsveka roller ski competition, which will feature a World Cup-caliber field.
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team took over the Craft Sportswear Instagram account and shared their goals for the upcoming season with the hashtag #myracestartshere.
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
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Timing has always been a strength for Jessie Diggins—the upstart racer kicked off an international career in 2011 by snagging a spot on the World Championship team in Holmenkollen, an experience she highlights years later as a medal winner as “amazing and key to getting to the next level.” The next level came in 2013 when the Minnesota native teamed with Kikkan Randall to win the team sprint at the World Championships.
Diggins is known for an aggressive style of racing and a seemingly boundless source of energy, a strength she drew on this year to win a silver medal in the 10k freestyle event at the Falun World Championships. But the media spotlight was hers before she (and teammate Caitlin Gregg) collected those World Championship medals, as Diggins used her experience and athleticism as a dance student to choreograph the team’s homage to Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” a viral hit that reminded fans that in addition to the cutthroat racing and intense focus of cross country skiing, this is a team with a sense of humor. For 2015-16, Diggins will continue training in Vermont with the SMS/T2 program and aim at still more well-timed forays to the top of the results page.
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