Jessica Diggins is an American cross-country skier. She and teammate Kikkan Randall won the United States’ first ever cross-country skiing gold medal at the Winter Olympics in the team sprint in 2018. At the 2022 Winter Olympics, she won the silver medal in the 30 kilometer freestyle and the bronze medal in the individual sprint, making her the most decorated American cross-country skier of all-time. She also won four medals at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships from 2013 to 2017. In 2021, Diggins clinched the top spot in the women’s overall standings for the 2020–21 FIS Cross-Country World Cup, becoming the first American to do so.
Medal record: Women’s cross-country skiing: Representing United States
Gold medal – first place 2018 Pyeongchang Team sprint
Silver medal – second place 2022 Beijing 30 km freestyle
Bronze medal – third place 2022 Beijing Individual sprint
Gold medal – first place 2013 Val di Fiemme Team sprint
Silver medal – second place 2015 Falun 10 km freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2017 Lahti Individual sprint
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Lahti Team sprint
U23 World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2014 Val di Fiemme Individual sprint
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up Jessica Diggins an exceptionally talented American cross-country skier, winner of Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal, here she talks about her fitness routine, her diet, skin care, hair care and her success story.
You were born in Saint Paul and grew up in Afton, Minnesota. Your love for skiing started early in life at the age of four years. You won a gold medal with Kikkan Randall in the team sprint in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2013 in Val di Fiemme. This later propelled your career to the height where you have been at the top of the world as a cross-country skier. You won the Olympic Gold medal in 2018 at Pyeongchang in Team sprint event. Tell us more about your journey of exceptional hard work, tenacity, and endurance?
I’ve always loved the hard work needed in this sport. It’s incredibly humbling, and I always feel that I have something new to learn and improve upon! I haven’t always had the best technique, tactics or speed, but I’ve always been able to push my body past its limits, and digging deep and getting gritty is what I love best. I also love working hard with an awesome team around me, and we push and pull each other to success by encouraging and helping each other get the most out of training every day!
You have been a member of the American Skiing Team and had competed in many Championships and won. Tells how you were drawn to this sport of cross-country Skiing and your meteoric rise to be a member of the American Skiing Team?
I love the people and the culture of cross country skiing! This is such an incredible sport, because it can be so challenging but also so rewarding every time you make a new breakthrough. It’s a sport you can do for life (and I plan to!) and the friendships I’ve made and experiences gained from traveling around the world and seeing different cultures and countries has been incredibly motivating for me.
You have won the Olympic Gold medal in 2018 at Pyeongchang in the event Team sprint, World Championships Gold medal in 2013 at Val di Fiemme in Team sprint, Silver medal in 2015 at Falun in 10 km freestyle, Silver medal in 2017at Lahti in Individual sprint, Bronze medal in 2017 at Lahti in Team sprint, U23 World Championships Silver medal in 2014 at Val di Fiemme in Individual Sprint. Tell us more about your experience of these spectacular exceptional achievements?
These were incredible career moments, but for me the best and most emotional parts was celebrating with my team, because it really takes so much from so many people to make those moments possible! My favorite memory from the Olympics is getting up off the snow after winning Gold and seeing our whole team right along the finish line boards, screaming and crying and celebrating together.
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