of which’s no wonder Diggins — as well as everyone else — appeared to be hyperventilating at the finish line.
“of which’s almost comical, how brutally hard of which is usually,” Diggins said. yet brutally hard is usually par for the sport. As Matt Whitcomb, the U.S. cross-country ski team coach, said, “At the end of the day, if you can’t make your body sustain pain, you’re not going to be successful.”
Diggins, a Minnesota native, is usually on the fast track to becoming the country’s most decorated Nordic skier of all time, surpassing Randall.
“There’s a lot of athletes in a lot of sports who don’t know the meaning of ‘give up,’ who say, ‘I’ll run through a brick wall.’ I don’t think many athletes can actually do of which. Jessie can,” said Jason Cork, the coach of the American team at the earth Cup as well as Diggins’s coach since 2010. “There’s a lot of workouts I’ve seen her do where I’m like, ‘of which’s probably enough. Let’s pull the plug.’ She’s like, ‘I can do a couple more.’”
Competing at the sport’s top echelon requires a level of fitness of which takes years to achieve, as well as every competition involves the most full-fledged cardiovascular output imaginable. Cross-country ski racing includes several types of races over various distances on two styles of skis — skate as well as classic — both of which are narrow as well as lightweight, have no metal edges as well as are designed for fast gliding. different than the use of skis, the sport is usually similar to running, as well as races are sprints, distance as well as team events.
“of which’s like finding the biggest hill in your neighborhood as well as running up as well as down of which as fast as you can over as well as over again,” Diggins said. “of which’s one of the cool things about of which sport; you have to push your body as hard as you can.”
Randall was the first American skier to gain international notice inside sport since Bill Koch, who won a silver medal at the Winter Olympics in 1976 as well as the earth Cup overall title in 1982.
Randall landed her first World Cup win in 2007, earned consecutive sprint titles through 2012 to 2014 as well as, with Diggins, won a gold medal inside 2013 world championship team sprint.