Jessie Diggins calls police after SUV driver bullies her while training

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Olympic cross-country skiing champion Jessie Diggins wrote that she called the police on a motorist who bullied her while roller skiing on roads in her hometown of Afton, Minn.

Diggins, who in PyeongChang teamed with Kikkan Randall to earn the U.S.’ first Olympic cross-country title, wrote that an SUV driver passed her and her high school coach so close that she was rocked sideways from the wind.

After the car slowed down, Diggins knocked on a window, “shouting that he was going to get us killed, and he flipped me the finger and turned the music up.”

“It was the most incredible display of aggressive bullying and ‘I’m bigger than you and I’m in a SUV so I’m going to harass you’ that I’ve ever seen,” Diggins wrote.

Diggins wrote the car’s license plate number and called the police, who tracked the driver down and said the man apologized.

“But…it made me feel sick inside,” she wrote. “If that guy had been 6 inches closer to us, we would be in the hospital or dead.”

Diggins finished the blog by saying she had many more positive interactions training in Afton, where she is very popular. Diggins is mentioned in the second paragraph of the small city’s Wikipedia page and was honored with her own day and ice cream after PyeongChang.

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