Jessie Diggins Wins Silver Medal in 30-Kilometer Race
Lower than two weeks in the past, Jessie Diggins won a bronze medal within the ladies’s dash, the primary particular person Olympic medal gained by an American girl in cross-country snowboarding.
On Sunday, Diggins, the most important cross-country star from the USA, additional proved her dominance by profitable silver within the ladies’s 30-kilometer freestyle, a marathon race that may be a world away from the dash.
She completed the race in 1 hour 26 minutes 37 seconds, behind solely Therese Johaug of Norway (1:24:54). Kerttu Niskanen of Finland was third.
Rosie Brennan of the USA completed sixth.
The occasion was Diggins’s sixth race at these Winter Video games, a relentless schedule with a grueling endurance occasion because the cherry on prime. Situations added to the grit: The race needed to be moved earlier by three hours to keep away from excessive winds.
However grueling is Diggins’s specialty. Final 12 months, she gained the Tour de Ski, an eight-stage race held over 10 days. She was the primary American to win the tour, the marquee occasion of the World Cup cross-country ski circuit.
Diggins mentioned the Tour de Ski was “nearly comical, how brutally exhausting it’s.” However she strives towards a “ache cave,” she has mentioned, as a result of “quick is enjoyable.”
When she completed Sunday’s race, she collapsed on the snow, disbelief painted throughout her face. She was helped away from the end space by her teammates.
Afterward, Diggins mentioned in a tv interview that she had meals poisoning 30 hours earlier than the race, “which is why I believed I used to be going to die on the end line.”
“My legs have been cramping the entire final 17K,” Diggins mentioned. “I don’t understand how I made it to the end.”
Because the de facto chief of the U.S. crew, Diggins continues to show other American cross-country skiers that they’ll compete with the Scandinavians who’ve lengthy dominated the game.
Sunday’s race was no completely different. She was in second place for almost all of the race, snowboarding largely alone between the Norwegian chief and the remainder of the sector. She grew to become the primary non-European skier to win an Olympic medal within the occasion.
The occasion was raced within the freestyle methodology, Diggins’s specialty, which resembles the angled actions of curler skating. On the 2018 Olympics, the 30K was raced within the classical model, during which the athletes maintain their skis parallel, usually in manicured paths. Diggins completed in seventh place in that race.
Diggins has earned most of her accolades in races which can be 10 kilometers and below — not normally in occasions that require nearly an hour and a half of lactic acid burn.
Diggins now has a silver and bronze so as to add to her gold medal, gained in 2018 within the ladies’s crew dash with Kikkan Randall.
Over practically 100 years, the USA had won only a single medal in cross nation on the Olympics, in 1976. Now Diggins has gained three in 4 years.