In Canmore, Canada, Jessie Diggins earned her fifth individual World Cup race win of the season on Friday. This victory puts her in an commanding 340-point lead in the overall standings for the World Cup title through 21 of 33 scheduled races. This is a larger margin than the one separating second place from sixth place.
Diggins, a 32-year-old Olympic and world champion, won a 15km freestyle by 2.6 seconds over Frenchwoman Delphine Claudel. She tied Kikkan Randall’s American record of five individual World Cup race wins in one season. Diggins has six victories this season when including her Tour de Ski title, which adds up results from seven races. Additionally, she has broken Randall’s single-season American record by achieving ten individual race podiums this year. Randall had nine individual race podiums in 2012-13 and is officially credited with a tenth podium for having the second-best time in a World Cup Finals pursuit where she finished seventh overall.
In 2021, Diggins became the first non-European woman to win the World Cup overall. The next three races will be held in Canmore through Tuesday before the circuit heads to the U.S. for its first visit in 23 years with a stop next weekend in Minneapolis, just 25 miles west of Diggins’ hometown of Afton. Coverage for these events will be available on CNBC at 12:30 p.m., NBC at 4 p.m., and streaming on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, and Peacock for subscribers.