Glitter and grit: Jessie Diggins is one of America's best hopes for Olympic gold

Should she triumph in Pyeongchang, the US may finally fall in love with cross-country skiing – and with Diggins, the glittering, grinning, and gold medal-winning star that America needs.

Team USA has finally found its crossover cross-country star in Jessie Diggins, the bubbly and affable 26-year-old who is aiming to become the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in the sport. But cross-country skiing, which lacks the obvious appeal and star power of those marquee events, rarely captures the attention of the American public, even during the Games.

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