The Olympics are underway, and history is being made across all events.
Jessie Diggins won the US its first medal in the cross country sprint event. She came in third, following Sweden’s Jonna Sundling and Maja Dahlqvist in first and second.
Diggins and Dahlqvist battled it out to the finish line. With Dahlqvist narrowly beating her, ending up ahead and in second place by .28 seconds.
This isn’t Diggins’ first Olympics, nor her first time making history. The 30-year-old out of Afton, Minnesota, took home gold in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics along with her teammate Kikkan Randall, making history by winning the women’s team event.
After returning from the 2018 Olympics, Diggins felt the toll of the games’ stress on your body. Both physically and mentally. After hard work preparing for these 2022 Games, winning an individual medal, and making history for Team USA is well deserved.
“If we do have a chance to stand on the podium, and see the flag get raised, I think it’s a very cool testament for me that you can do this the right way, by honoring what your body needs and listening to that and having a body that’s unique to you,” Diggins said in an interview.