Jessie Diggins has done it again: the 2018 Olympic gold medalist earned her second medal of the season, a silver in women’s skiathlon event, at Saturday’s FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Lillehammer, Norway.
The 28-year-old completed the 15 km. skiathlon course, which combines skate skiing and classic skiing, in 43 minutes and 43.6 seconds, a minute and eight seconds behind leader and three-time Olympic medalist Therese Johaug of Norway, who crossed the line in 42:35.3. Norway’s Heidi Weng came in for bronze in 43.54.4.
Diggins, who won a surprise Olympic gold with Kikkan Randall in the women’s team sprint free at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, has enjoyed a solid start to her season, skiing to bronze in the women’s freestyle 10k pursuit last week in Ruka, Finland.
Sadie Maubet Bjornsen, fresh off a fourth-place finish in the women’s 10 km classic in Ruka, finished eighth Saturday in 44:19.2.
Diggins and Maubet Bjornsen were both ranked in the top five in the world cup cross country overall standings at the beginning of the week and remain there following Saturday’s race. Diggins is currently in fourth place with 271 points, followed by Maubet Bjornsen in fifth with 236.
Diggins has been digging her time in Norway – among her Instagram posts this week, the Minnesota native included a photo of her skiing in an idyllic winter wonderland scene. “Is this even real?!?” she wrote. “Loving the training days here in Lillehammer.”
Cross-country ski racing continues Sunday with the relay events.