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4 Anchorage skiers join Diggins with career-best World Cup efforts

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: March 11, 2018
  • Published March 11, 2018

The Olympics may be over, but the U.S. women are still making history on cross-country ski trails.

At a World Cup race Sunday in Norway, Minnesota's Jessie Diggins became the first American to reach the podium in a 30-kilometer race.

Diggins, who along with Anchorage's Kikkan Randall won a historic Olympic gold medal last month, placed second behind Norwegian superstar Marit Bjoergen in the mass-start race in Oslo.

Five Americans — four of them from Anchorage — finished in the top 31, all of them with career-best 30K efforts.

Sadie Bjornsen was 12th; Randall was 19th for a career-best 30K skate result (she was 12th in a 30K classic four years ago); Caitlin Patterson was 28th and Rosie Frankowski finished 31st, one spot out of the points.

Diggins was in the lead pack from start to finish.

"I was feeling great today, and I've been in the best shape of my life these last few weeks," she said in U.S. Ski & Snowbaord race recap. "So I decided that whatever else happened, I was going to have a gutsy race and be brave enough to push the pace even if that meant skiing in the front and doing a lot of the work."

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