Family, community help Diggins in quest for gold

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Associated Press

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 3:36 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When cross country skier Jessie Diggins heads to Sochi, she'll have a huge support base in the St. Croix Valley.

The 22-year-old Diggins is the youngest skier on the U.S. cross-country women's team.

She's been cracking ceilings in competitive skiing since she was 4. Now, she's an Olympian who likely will race the 15-kilometer skiathlon and the 4 by 5-kilometer sprint.

Over the years, she's built a fan base from Willow River State Park in Hudson, Wis., to Stillwater High School. Several mom-and-pop businesses throughout the St. Croix Valley also championed her ascension to Olympic medal contender.

She tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/1j2uVHo) the support's been incredible. She says she'll be successful if she can look back on her races in Sochi and know she's given her all.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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