Jessie Diggins Wins Silver in the 30 km . Race
Less than a week ago, Jessie Diggins won the bronze medal In the individual sprint, the first individual Olympic medal went to an American woman in cross-country skiing.
On Sunday, the US cross-country star continued to prove her dominance, winning another individual medal in the women’s 30 km freestyle, a marathon one world away from the sprint.
She finished the race in 1 hour 26 minutes 37 seconds behind Therese Johaug of Norway, who finished with a time of 1:24:54. Kerttu Niskanen of Finland finished third.
Rosie Brennan of the US finished in sixth place.
This event belongs to Diggins Friday race At this Winter Olympics, a non-stop schedule with a grueling cherry-like endurance event at the top.
But fatigue is Diggins’ specialty. Last year, she won the Tour de Ski, an eight-stage race held over 10 days. She became the first American to win the tour, the World Cup cross-country skiing event.
Diggins said the Tour de Ski is “almost funny, how hard it is.”
She regularly turns that “cave of pain” into something to strive for, saying “fast is fun” with sparks painted on her face as she eagerly encourages her teammates.
The de facto leader of the USA team, Diggins continue to show off other American cross-country skiers that they could compete with the Scandinavians who had long dominated the sport.
Sunday’s race was no different. She finished second for most of the race, mostly skiing alone between the Norwegian leader and the rest of the field.
Diggins finished 7th in the 30 km race at the 2018 Olympics with a time of 1 hour 25 minutes 54.80 seconds.
Her first Olympic medalwon in 2018 in the women’s team sprint with teammate Kikkan Randall, making the pair the first American to win a medal in cross-country skiing since 1976, ending one of the longest drought in US Olympic sports.
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