Congratulations to first-time olympian, Jessie Diggins (USA) for securing eighth in the women’s skiathlon on Saturday. Diggins earned the top spot for Team USA during the opening Olympic cross country event at the Laura Cross Country Ski Center. Norway took home the gold, after Marit Bjoergen documented her fourth career Olympic gold in the 7.5k classic x 7.5k freestyle race. Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla took silver and Heidi Weng from Norway took bronze.
“I’m on cloud nine right now.
“Thanks to an awesome peaking plan from the coaches and fantastic skis, I was able to keep up in the classic part. Usually I lose way too much time in the classic half because I’m a stronger skater, so my plan was to just relax, try to get as much glide as I could, stay out of trouble, stay out of falls or tangles and stay in contact with the group. I came into the exchange zone in the mid-twenties and then from there, I said, okay now I’m going to ramp it up and try to pick people off. Luckily, I was able to have just enough energy to really kick it in at the finish.” – Jessie Diggins (USA)
Coverage of the women’s skiathlon will air Sunday on NBC at 2:30 p.m. EST and can be streamed at NBCOlympics.com.
Listen to Jessie Diggins talk about preparation for Sochi just a few months before her first time competing in the Olympics: