2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Cross-Country Skiing Gold Medalist Jessie Diggins is honored on a Highway I-35 billboard south of Pine City two miles south of MN Hwy 70. The photo on the billboard is of Diggins kissing the trophy she earned by winning the Tour de Ski Jan. 1-10. Tour de Ski is a series of eight races in 10 days at three different venues starting in Val Mustair, Switzerland and ending in Toblach and Val di Fiemme, Italy.

Currently, Diggins, a native of Afton, Minnesota and former Minnesota State High School Champion is now leading the World Cup series of races in points toward the crystal globe award for the top women’s Nordic skier of the year in the world.

Her upcoming competition will be the World Nordic Skiing Championships competition Feb. 23 to March 7 in Oberstdorf, Germany. The U.S. Nordic Women’s team is now one of the top three teams in the world with Norway and Sweden. The World Nordic Skiing Championships including races on Nordic skiing, ski jumping and Nordic combined can be seen on either the Olympic Channel or on NBC Sports Network.

Chad Salmela, Duluth and former Vasaloppet and Birkebeiner Ski Race announcer will be providing color analysis during the races on these channels. He will also be announcing on these channels for the World Biathlon Championships from Feb. 9 to 21 in Pokljuka, Slovenia. Salmela is the nephew of Terry Salmela of Mora.

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