Earlier this month, Diggins, a Minnesota native who trains in Vermont, became the first American woman to win the overall World Cup cross-country skiing title.
“What I had just done was literally the definition of bulimia: You eat, you feel shame, and you throw up,” the Stratton-trained athlete recalls. “But in that moment, I believed eating disorders only happened to other people.”
The 29-year-old will become the first U.S. woman — and second American after Vermonter Bill Koch — to snag her discipline’s biggest annual prize.
Gold medalists Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall top the bill at the 200-competitor U.S. Super Tour Finals in Vermont through Wednesday.
Three athletes with ties to the Green Mountain State are returning home with gold.
The U.S. women’s hockey team tops the podium for the first time in 20 years, while the skiing sensation snags her second medal of these games.
Stratton’s Jessie Diggins, finishing fifth three times and sixth once at the 2018 Olympics, finally has won a medal.
Two Vermonters are breaking U.S. records in women’s cross-country, but the competition so far has kept a medal out of reach.
The 22-year-old graduate of Burke Mountain Academy needed only 2 minutes and 20.02 seconds to top the podium of alpine skiing’s giant slalom.
Nearly 30 athletes with ties to the Green Mountain State will compete next month at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.