After winning five U.S. junior titles and capturing three state championships in Minnesota, Jessie Diggins took a year between high school and college to focus on racing with the Central Cross Country Elite Team. The gamble landed her a spot on the U.S. Ski Team for 2012 after she won her first U.S. title in 2011, swept to four Marriott Junior Championship wins and landed a spot on the World Championship team, scoring two top-30s. After winning all four titles at the 2012 U.S. Championships in Maine in January, the 21-year-old took the World Cup by storm with a breakthrough year. In just her third World Cup start, Diggins teamed up with Kikkan Randall to podium in a team sprint, then went on to record eight point-scoring finishes including a fifth in a 10k freestyle mass start in Russia. And she played a key role in the U.S. women’s record fifth place relay in Nove Mesto, CZE. Diggins’ focus for 2013 is on a top-10 at World Championships plus earning a spot on the U.S. women’s relay team, which could contend for a medal. She’s also targeting the FIS top-seeded Red Group in both sprint and distance. She will be joining the Stratton Mountain School's Elites as her domestic club team for the season.
The past season has been such a great success in every way imaginable. We had a great team atmosphere, talented coaches and staff, positive travel experiences and my first full year on the World Cup couldn't have gone any better. It left me motivated to train hard for next years goals, and excited for years to come traveling the World Cup circuit. All the athletes and coaches really pulled together and created such a positive racing environment that helped us all have breakthrough results this year.
With a family that loved being active and outdoors, Diggins joined the Minnesota Youth Ski League when she was 3. She started by just skiing with friends on Sundays but gradually expanded to every day of the week as she joined the high school ski team and then CXC.
When she's not skiing, Jessie loves to be active in other ways like running, swimming, dancing or pick-up soccer games. She likes to read and play violin and she loves artsy-crafty projects.