On Friday, Jessie Diggins kicked off her North American swing with a victory in Canmore, Alberta. This marked her fifth individual win of the season and tied the U.S. record for most individual World Cup wins in a single cross-country season. Diggins has been looking forward to this race since she last competed in Canada and is currently leading the overall standings by 340 points over Sweden’s Linn Svahn. She is bidding for the second overall crown of her career.
The Canmore event continues with races on Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday before moving to Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis for the Loppet Cup. The freestyle sprints will take place next Saturday, followed by the freestyle 10-kilometer races on February 17th. Diggins said that the U.S. technicians gave her perfect skis for the fast course conditions in Canmore, allowing her to ski a superb tactical race and secure her victory by overtaking France’s Delphine Claudel in the final stretch.