Jessie Diggins celebrates taking 3rd place at the FIS Nordic World Cup on Jan. 26, 2020 in Oberstdorf, Germany.
Jessie Diggins knew that Sunday’s cross-country classic sprint was going to be hilly and challenging but also only about 1.2 km, so she planned to give it everything she had.
Trusting in her fitness, technique and strategy, the Olympic gold medalist’s effort paid off with a third-place finish as the U.S. landed three women in the top 10 to close out the weekend in Obertsdorf, Germany. Russia’s Natalia Nepryaeva got the win, followed by Slovenia’s Anamarija Lampic. Diggins was just 2.44 seconds off the winning time of 3:27.08 and was followed directly by Sophie Caldwell in fourth place. Sadie Maubet Bjornsen finished ninth to round out a strong overall showing by the American women.
This was Diggins’ sixth solo or team podium finish of the year at a world cup race and her second in a classic sprint following a third-place finish in the Tour de Ski earlier this month. She’s currently seventh in the overall sprint standings.
Diggins was 22nd in the 15-kilometer skiathlon on Saturday as skiers got their first look at a new course at the site of the 2021 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. The team spent the week leading up to this weekend’s races training and getting a feel for the new layout.
In 2018, Diggins provided one of the most memorable moments of the Olympic Winter Games PyoengChang when she partnered with Kikkan Randall to win the team sprint and give the United States its first ever cross-country skiing gold medal.