Historic Win For Jessie Diggins And U.S. Ski And Snowboard
The women's and men's Nordic team finished with historic results Sunday as the rigorous Tour de Ski wrapped up the final event in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
Minnesota's Jessie Diggins won the overall Tour de Ski by one minute and 24.8 seconds (1:24.8) over Yulia Stupak of Russia. US Ski and Snowboard Marketing and Communications Director Andrew Gauthier said history was made with the first American to win the 10-day, 8-race series. It's considered a grueling event and a coveted win for Nordic athletes.
"Jessie Diggins finished second in the final stages of 15th Tour de Ski to become the first American to win the Tour de ski overall title. I mean, what an accomplishment on that side. But you know Jesse wasn't the only one skiing well throughout the week. Park City's Rosie Brennan overcame two crashes and days six and eight to rally back and finish 6th overall. A career-best result for her."
Diggins leads the overall world cup standings with Brennan in 3rd place. Brennan leads overall in the distance world cup standings.
With 10 days of rest, the athletes will compete in Lahti, Finland, on January 23.
Gautier said the men's Nordic team had the best U.S. performance at the Tour de Ski, with Gus Schumacher finishing 18th. He moved to 27th in the overall world cup standing.
Four U.S women finished the Tour de Ski in the top 23 overall. Hailey Swirbul finished 18th, and Katherine Ogden finished 23rd.