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Diggins Third in Toblach Skate Sprint

By Leann Bentley
February, 3 2023
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Jessie Diggins on the podium for the Toblach sprint. (Nordic Focus)

At the place of her first ever podium and first ever win, Jessie Diggins was back in the top three in the Toblach city sprint today, Feb. 3. 

For the final weekend of racing before the World Championships in Plancia, Slovenia, the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team is back in Toblach, Italy for a skate sprint, 10k skate and a 4x7.5k relay. 

Today's sprint course played to the strengths of fast transitions, perfect for Diggins. Diggins initially qualified third to start off the day and then steadily moved her way to the final round. She won her quarterfinal heat and then moved on to take third in her semifinal. Pushing it to the finish, Diggins out-sprinted fourth place finisher Emma Ribom of Sweden. 

"Despite me being very tired, the race went really well, which is a reminder that how you feel doesn't always indicate how you will race." said Diggins. 

Along with Diggins, Rosie Brennan, Julia Kern and Hailey Swirbul were all within the top 30, adding more World Cup points to their resume. Moving on to the next race, Diggins is third overall in the World Cup standings. 

Brennan who finished 26th overall, started off the day by qualifying in the top ten, with Kern qualifying 26th and Swirbul 30th. 

Jonna Sundling and Maja Dahlqvist of Sweden were first and second. 

For the men, Ben Ogden led the team in 17th overall and Logan Diekmann scored World Cup points by finishing in 27th.