Diggins Leads Five U.S. Women into Top 25 at Davos
Jessie Diggins kept the podium streak alive for the Davis U.S. Cross Country Ski Team, finishing third, and leading five American women in the top 25 in the 10k individual freestyle event in Davos, Switzerland, Sunday.
Sunday’s result was the third time this season that Jessie has finished on the podium. It was also the fourth-straight podium appearance for the U.S. women. But most importantly, Sunday’s race was career-best days for two up-and-coming members of the team: Julia Kern posted a career-best World Cup distance result in 19th, and Hailey Swirbul finished a career-best 21st one day after scoring her first World Cup points in Saturday’s sprint.
“I’m so proud of our team for what must be one of our best team weekends here in Davos—getting every girl into the heats (Saturday), and having five in the points today,” Jessie said. “Our young girls Julia and Hailey have been skiing so well, and I’m very impressed with how they’re handling the World Cup.”
Jessie is also off to a great start to the season, and she is currently third in the overall World Cup standings. Sunday, she finished just 36 seconds off the winning time of Norway’s Therese Johaug, and 5.8 seconds back from Norway’s Heidi Weng, who was second.
“I haven’t historically had great races here because I take my time working into the season,” she said, “and this course is extremely difficult to pace with the first 3k being absolute grinding up the valley and then a working downhill. But this year one of my goals was to come into the season a little closer to form than in the past, and it’s been awesome to feel like I’m in great shape while still working my way into top race form.”
Sadie Maubet Bjornsen, who moved up to fourth in the overall World Cup standings, was ninth Sunday; Rosie Frankowski also scored her first career World Cup points, finishing 23rd, and Caitlin Patterson was 39th.
In the men’s 15k individual freestyle start, Kyle Bratrud was the top U.S. finisher in 38th; Simi Hamilton was 42nd, and Scott Patterson was 51st.
Up next is a big freestyle sprint weekend in Planica, Slovenia, with the individual freestyle sprint on Saturday, Dec,. 21, and the team sprint on Sunday, Dec. 22. In the meantime, the U.S. Team will remain in Davos to train.
“I’ll stay in Davos the next two weeks training, and my family is coming over for Christmas so I’m very much looking forward to having quality time with them,” Jessie said.