Sleep schedules from Afton up to Stillwater have been pretty uneven this week, as fans of cross country skier Jessie Diggins have been hoping to see history happen live.
"Everybody wants to watch it live to be part of it while she's part of it," said Lee Stylos, owner of the Chilkoot Cafe in Stillwater, which regularly hosts Diggins watch parties even in the wee hours of the morning.
The Afton native, who won three state titles at Stillwater High School, is still determined to become the first US woman to medal in an Olympic cross country event.
Despite coming agonizingly close in her first three events, Diggins is hoping to break through as part of the US 4x5km relay and everyone knows its a race that means the most to her.
"It's about the entire team and I think that's what she loves to do is build the whole team up," Stylos said.
Diggins has become a fan favorite during the Olympics because of her team mindset. Her choreographed team dance moves have gone viral, and have even inspired the next generation of skiers at Stillwater High School.
The Stillwater girls sent Diggins a dance video ahead of their state meet this week. She replied with words of support, followed by a big congratulations after her old team took home another state title.
"There are a lot of young girls who idolize Jessie and it is totally justified," said Randy Moses who was one of Diggins' high school technique coaches. "That's the Jessie that we all know. She's been that way since she was a 7th grader."
Diggins hasn't forgotten the Chilkoot either. She approached Stylos back when she was first beginning her international career, looking for a way to raise some travel money.
"With a can on a table she was trying to raise $25,000," Stylos said with a laugh.
Instead, he suggested a fundraising dinner, with all the proceeds going to her. The event was such a success that it continued year after year.
"Now, the money that she's raising is going for junior skiers," said Tim Power, a family friend and another one of Diggins' former technique coaches.
"She understands what people gave to her and what she wants to give back," Stylos said.
That also means, when Diggins was shooting an Olympics themed national television ad for Comcast/Xfinity, it was set in the Chilkoot.
"They were like, 'Did you know it would be this big and you'd get a national ad?'" Sylos said with a laugh. "I'm like, 'Yeah, absolutely, I planned it the whole way. I planned it all the way through the six years.' Of course I didn't know it was going to be this big of a deal. Jessie doesn't forget anybody."