Jessie Diggins wins second career individual World Cup cross-country race

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Olympian Jessie Diggins became the second U.S. woman to win multiple individual World Cup cross-country events, taking a 5km freestyle in Lillehammer, Norway, on Saturday.

Diggins, 25, clocked 12 minutes, 40.3 seconds to prevail by 4.8 seconds in the second stage of a three-stage mini tour. The Minnesota native also won a 5km race last season.

Diggins owns world championships gold and silver medals, taking a team sprint title with four-time Olympian Kikkan Randall in 2013 and runner-up in the 10km freestyle in 2015.

Randall, coming back this season from pregnancy, has 14 career World Cup wins.

Cross-country skiing has been on the Olympic program since 1924 for men and 1952 for women. Bill Koch is the only American with an Olympic medal, silver from the 30km in 1976.

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