On Friday, Jessie Diggins kicked off her North American swing by winning her fifth individual victory of the season in Canmore, Alberta. The victory ties the U.S. record for most individual World Cup wins in a single cross-country season, held by Kikkan Randall. It also marked Diggins’ 10th individual World Cup podium finish this season. She leads the World Cup overall standings by 340 points over Sweden’s Linn Svahn and is bidding for the second overall crown of her career.
The Canmore event continues with races on Saturday and Sunday before moving to Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis next week. The Loppet Cup in Minneapolis includes freestyle sprints next Saturday, followed by freestyle 10-kilometer races on Feb. 17.
Diggins said the U.S. technicians gave her perfect skis for the fast course conditions in Canmore. She skied a superb tactical race and secured the victory by overtaking France’s Delphine Claudel in the final stretch. Claudel took the lead in the final kilometer, but Diggins passed her on the last downhill and pulled away to win by just under two seconds.