Minnesota native Jessie Diggins secured the United State’s second World Cup overall crown in cross-country skiing. Jessie ended the 40-year drought for the United States in the sport, and she is the first American woman to secure the championship. Diggins trains in Stratton during the offseason.
Jessie Diggins joins Vermont’s Olympic legend Bill Koch, who won in 1982, as the only two U.S. skiers to win the season-long competition. Jessie currently has a 342-point cushion over second-place opponent Yulia Stupak of Russia, which is more than enough to overcome any points left up for grabs. This season has proven to be the second-best of her career, with her points totaling up to 1,246.
Jessie Diggins has featured 9 podiums and won four events in the World Cup tour this winter. The 29-year-old is also the first American to win the FIS Tour de Ski. Earlier this month, she also won fourth place in a pair of races at the world championships in Oberstdorf, Germany. The World Cup season will conclude this weekend in Engadin, Switzerland.