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Diggins a Semifinalist for AAU James Sullivan Award

By Leann Bentley
July, 12 2023
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Jessie Diggins celebrates a podium finish at a World Cup race during the 2022-23 season. (NordicFocus)

Jessie Diggins, a three-time Olympic medalist, six-time World Championship medalist and the most decorated American cross country skier, was named a semifinalist for the prestigious AAU James Sullivan Award. As the only cross country skier on the list of semifinalists, Diggins has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the sports landscape.

Diggins' journey to becoming a semifinalist for the AAU James Sullivan Award is one filled with immense dedication and countless hours of training. Hailing from Afton, MN., she discovered her passion for cross country skiing at an early age. Since then, she has relentlessly pursued her dreams, continually pushing herself to new heights of achievement.

Diggins' breakthrough moment came at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Alongside her teammate Kikkan Randall, she secured a historic Olympic gold medal in the team sprint event, marking the first ever Olympic medal for the United States in cross country skiing. Their stunning victory not only propelled Diggins to the forefront of the sport but also inspired countless young athletes across the nation.

Beyond her Olympic success, Diggins has consistently showcased her exceptional skills on the international stage. She has earned 14 World Cup victories, six World Championship medals, including an individual gold medal in the 2023 World Championships - the first ever for an American cross country skier. Diggins' determination and passion for cross-country skiing have made her a role model for aspiring athletes worldwide.

Diggins' impact extends far beyond her athletic achievements. She is an advocate for important causes such as environmental conservation, mental health and getting young athletes involved in sport. 

The AAU James Sullivan Award is presented annually to the most outstanding athlete at the collegiate or Olympic level in the United States. Being named a semifinalist for this esteemed award further solidifies Diggins' place among the nation's athletic elite. The award recognizes athletes who have demonstrated exceptional athletic ability, leadership, character and sportsmanship throughout their careers. Past winners include Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, Jessica Long, Shawn Johnson and more. 

Diggins' selection as a semifinalist not only recognizes her remarkable achievements but also serves as an inspiration to all aspiring cross-country skiers and athletes. Her relentless pursuit of excellence, both on and off the snow, showcases the true essence of sportsmanship and determination.

Voting is LIVE from July 12 through July 19. You are allowed ONE vote, per day.