A cross-country skier before she could walk, Jessie Diggins moved from hitching a ride in her dad’s backpack to her own skis at the age of three. Moving through competitive ranks at a young age, Diggins won nine Junior National Championships on skis and earned a spot on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard team in 2011.
Diggins holds many American firsts. Diggins made history as the youngest American World Champion at the age of 21 in 2013. At the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, Diggins and her partner secured a dramatic win in the team sprint freestyle, which resulted in Team USA’s first gold medal in the sport and first women’s medal. Following the gold medal performance, Diggins was chosen as the flag bearer for the U.S. at the Closing Ceremony. In January 2021, Diggins became the first American to win the Tour de Ski and finished the season as the first American woman to win the overall and distance World Cup titles.
Diggins published her first book, “Brave Enough,” in March of 2020. The book follows her story from the American Midwest to making her mark in sports history books. She shares her journey, along with the struggles she faced with eating disorders, and how she overcame that experience to perform on the world’s top stage. Diggins has been honored by U.S. Ski & Snowboard with its Beck International Award as overall athlete of the year three times (2016, 2018, 2021).
A self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, Diggins enjoys cliff jumping, bungee jumping and skydiving. She also enjoys reading on the road between competing and when she’s home, she enjoys cooking, camping, canoeing, swimming and gardening.
Sport: Cross-Country Skiing
Hometown: Afton, Minnesota
Currently Resides: Afton, Minnesota; Stratton, Vermont (Summer Training)
Birthdate: August 26, 1991
Social Media: Twitter: @jessdiggs; Instagram: @JessieDiggins; Facebook: JessieDigginsSki
Toyota Vehicle: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
Olympic History: 2014, 2018
- Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, gold (team sprint freestyle), 5th (7.5/7.5K skiathlon), 5th (10K freestyle), 5th (4x5K relay), 6th (sprint classic), 7th (30K mass start classic)
- Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, 8th (7.5/7.5K skiathlon, 4X5K relay), 13th (sprint freestyle), 38th (30K mass start)
- Four-Time World Champion Medalist, 2017 – silver (sprint freestyle), bronze (team sprint classic); 2015 – silver (10K freestyle); 2013 – gold (team sprint freestyle)
- FIS World Cup Overall Champion – 2021
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