ST. PAUL, Minn. - Afton's Jessie Diggins, who started cross-country skiing at the age of four as part of the Minnesota Youth Ski League, is relishing in a breakthrough season racing on the World Cup schedule.
And even though it's still early in the ski season, Diggins' 2012-13 international campaign has already been an impressive one. She started off the year with a 9th place in a 10k freestyle in Muonio, Finland. Then she stepped onto the podium for the first time as she skied the anchor leg in a 3rd place for the U.S. Sprint Relay team in Gaellivare, Sweden. Finally, she earned a historic World Cup victory for the U.S., teaming with Kikkan Randall to win the Team Sprint event on Dec. 7 in Quebec City.
In 2010-11, Diggins joined the U.S. National Team, racing a limited international schedule. In 2011-12, she advanced to race a full World Cup schedule, posting some top ten results, as well as a silver medal ski in the 2012 U.S. National Championship 30k freestyle race in Craftsbury, Vt.
While she's establishing herself on the world stage, and already setting herself up for an Olympic team berth for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, Diggins hasn't lost connections to her Minnesota skiing roots, the Minnesota Youth Ski League.
Diggins is sharing her personal international racing experience with young Minnesota skiers by blogging on the MYSL website at www.mysl.org/jessie-diggins. You can also go to Diggins' website at jessiediggins.com.
Diggins, 21, dominated the Minnesota high school Nordic scene from 2007-2010, leading Stillwater High School to state championships in 2008 and 2010 and winning three individual titles herself. Along the way, she also accumulated five U.S junior national championships.
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