Three-time Olympic medalist, 2023 World Champion, 18x World Cup winner, and 2021 World Cup overall winner Jessie Diggins of Afton, Minnesota is one of the most dominant and successful cross country skiers in the world. Cementing herself as the most decorated American cross country skier in history, Jessie has taken the sport to a whole new level.
Timing has always been a strength for 2018 Olympic gold medalist—the upstart racer kicked off an international career in 2011 by snagging a spot on the World Championship team in Holmenkollen, then in 2013 she and teammate Kikkan Randall won the team sprint at the World Championships. It only went up from there, winning another World Champs medal in 2015, then the iconic Olympic gold at the 2018 PeyongChang Olympic Winter Games. When asked what her "Top Memories" are, Jessie puts winning the Olympic gold medal with Kikkan Randall at the top, next to winning Olympic silver in the "toughest 30k skate of my life" winning a bronze medal with Julia Kern at the 2023 World Championships, then winning the U.S.'s first-ever individual gold medal just days later.
This season, her goals are to win the 2023-24 FIS World Cup overall title (which she did in 2021), podium in her home-town Minneapolis World Cup and remain healthy and happy through the entire season. What is she most proud of? "Becoming the all-time best cross country skier in U.S. history while standing for the causes I believe in and working hard to give back to the sport I love. I want to prove through my career and actions that you can be fast while being healthy, happy and a good teammate."
When she's not skiing, Jessie loves to be active in other ways like hiking, camping, running, swimming, gardening and cooking food from her tiny little garden - you can also always find her and her teammates making TikTok dances. She is heavily involved within the ski community and beyond and gives much of her spare time to causes she cares about. Jessie is a spokesperson for the Emily Program, works with Protect Our Winters (POW) and Share Winter. "I want to leave the sport better than I found it by speaking up about mental health and eating disorders to de-stigmatize them, meaningfully engage in climate advocacy and give back to the sport through support the work of Share Winter.
"Success requires the emotional balance of a committed heart. When confronted with a challenge, the committed heart will search for a solution. The undecided heart searches for an escape. A committed heart does not wait for conditions to be exactly right"
10 Things You Didn't Know About Jessie Diggins
- 1. Jessie won the first-ever individual gold medal at the 2023 World Championships in Planica, Slovenia. Through tears of joy and hugs from her team, she said, "that was the best race of my life."
- 2. Jessie is the most decorated American cross country skier in history wth 14 individual World Cup victories.
- 3. Jessie and Kikkan Randall teamed-up to win the first Olympic gold medal for the United States in cross country skiing at the 2018 Games.
- 4. Jessie is the first American to win the FIS Tour de Ski (2021) and the first American woman to win the overall and distance World Cup titles.
- 5. She is a huge adrenaline junkie and loves skydiving and cliff jumping. But, she would also take a dance class every day if time allowed!
- 6. Jessie joined the Minnesota Youth Ski League when she was three years old.
- 7. Jessie's favorite memory: "The moment right after we won the Olympic team sprint when I saw the whole team right at the finish line...seeing the emotion, the tears, the coaches on their knees, that was the most amazing celebration of what generations of skiers had accomplished as a team."
- 8. Jessie is a spokesperson for the Emily Program, "which I care so deeply about because they are the treatment program I went to when I was 18 and sick with an eating disorder." She is also an ambassador for WithAll, which spreads awareness and education on how to prevent eating disorders.
- 9. She is on the board of Protect Our Winters, "because we only get one planet to live on, and we need to take care of it!" And a huge fan and ambassador of Fast and Female, an organization that empowers young girls through sport and looks to get them involved in sport for life! She is also on the board of Share Winter, a nonprofit committed to giving diverse communities the opportunity to learn a snow sport for the first time.
- 10. Jessie learned to ski from her parents on different trails around Minnesota. "I owe everything in my career to them, not only because they taught me skiing but because they instilled a deep love of the outdoors and the satisfaction of working hard towards a goal."
Jessie Diggins - 3rd - Les Rousses 10k - World Cup 2023
Jessie Diggins On Top of the Podium in Davos 2022
Jessie Diggins and Team WIN First Ever Mixed Team Relay World Cup 2022
Jessie Diggins Takes 3rd Place in Falun 10k 2022
Jessie Diggins | Fourth Place | Freestyle Sprint Lahti 2022
Jessie Diggins' Wild Finish | 2022 Tour de Ski Stage 3