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The Olympics Were No Fluke. American Women Are Excelling in Cross-Country Skiing

Jessie Jessie Diggins is the first American to win the FIS Tour de Ski.

After Jessie Diggins crossed the finish line of the Tour de Ski cross-country race in Val di Fiemme, Italy, she collapsed onto her belly with arms and legs splayed on the snow, body heaving. A grueling eight-stage race held over 10 days, the Tour de Ski is the World Cup cross-country ski circuit’s marquee event and, by most accounts, its toughest.

No American had ever won the 15-year-old event until Diggins did so on Sunday.

And in Stage 3 of the tour last week, she and her teammate Rosie Brennan finished first and second in a 10-kilometer freestyle pursuit, becoming the first Americans to take the top two spots on the podium in a World Cup cross-country race. Two days later, they did it again in Stage 4’s 10-kilometer individual freestyle race.

“It was such a true, collaborative effort,” Diggins, 29, said. “My first thought is gratitude to the greater team and all the learning and benefiting from the generations that came before.”

 Read the full story at NYTimes.com

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