32-year-old Olympic and world champion Jessie Diggins has just won her fifth individual World Cup race of the season. She finished in first place in a 15km freestyle event at Canmore, Canada, beating Frenchwoman Delphine Claudel by 2.6 seconds. This victory marks Diggins’ third straight win in this particular event and adds to her impressive record of cross-country skiing success.
Diggins has been on fire this season, setting numerous records and breaking milestones. Her latest victory tied the American record for the most individual World Cup race wins in a single season, with Kikkan Randall’s previous record standing at five wins. However, Diggins has now officially surpassed that mark with six victories this season, including her Tour de Ski title which added up results from seven races.
Despite being early in the season, Diggins is already leading the standings for the overall World Cup title by a significant margin of 340 points through 21 of 33 scheduled races. That’s larger than the difference between second place and sixth place! In fact, Diggins became the first non-European woman to win the overall World Cup title in 2021.
There are three more races left on the schedule before we head into February when we get to see some exciting action at home soil. The circuit makes its way back to North America for its first stop in over two decades – next weekend at Minneapolis, Minnesota! Coverage will air on CNBC and NBC with live streaming available on NBCSports.com and other streaming platforms such as Peacock for subscribers.
As if that wasn’t enough good news, Diggins has also racked up an impressive ten podium finishes this season so far – breaking Randall’s single-season American record of nine podiums set back in 2012-13! With one more race left before February rolls around, it looks like Diggins is well on her way towards another successful campaign out on the snowy trails!