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Diggins, Wise Use Medals To Open Doors, Spark Climate Discussion On Capitol Hill

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
April, 29 2022
Three-time Olympic medalist Jessie Diggins was among many Winter Olympians who met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill recently to discuss climate change. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard)

Jessie Diggins pulled the Olympic medals out of her bag Thursday afternoon, between meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Yes, she said with a smile, they're pretty useful conversation starters.

Two months after winning silver and bronze at the Beijing Games, Diggins was among a handful of current and former Winter Olympians who came to Washington to lobby members of Congress to act on climate change – an issue they believe is an existential threat to their sports.

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