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Jessie Diggins wins silver in the 30 kilometer race

Less than a week ago, Jessie Diggins won a bronze medal in the individual sprint, the first individual Olympic medal won by an American in cross-country skiing.

On Sunday, the American cross-country star proved her dominance again by winning another individual medal in the women’s 30 kilometer freestyle, a marathon race a thousand miles from the sprint.

She finished the race in 1 hour 26 minutes 37 seconds behind Norwegian Therese Johaug who finished with a time of 1:24:54. Kerttu Niskanen of Finland was third.

Rosie Brennan of the US, was sixth.

The event was Diggins’ sixth race at these Winter Games, a relentless schedule with a grueling endurance test as icing on the cake.

But grueling is Diggins’ specialty. Last year, she won the Tour de Ski, an eight-stage race contested over 10 days. She became the first American to win the tour, the showpiece event of the World Cup cross-country circuit.

Diggins said the Tour de Ski is “almost comically how brutally difficult it is”.

She regularly turns this “cave of pain” into something to strive for, saying “fast is fun” with sparks painted on her face as she eagerly cheers on her teammates.

The de facto leader of the American team, Diggins continues to show other American cross country skiers that they can compete with the Scandinavians who have long dominated the sport.

Sunday’s race was no different. She held second place for most of the race, mostly skiing alone between the Norwegian leader and the rest of the field.

Diggins finished in seventh place in the 30 kilometer race at the 2018 Olympics with a time of 1 hour, 25 minutes, 54.80 seconds.

Her first Olympic medal, won in 2018 in the women’s team sprint with teammate Kikkan Randall, made the duo the first Americans to medal in cross-country skiing since 1976, ending one of the longest droughts in sports. American Olympics.

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