SVT: Brave Enough

 
Travel with Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins on her compelling journey from America’s heartland to international sports history, navigating challenges and triumphs with rugged grit and a splash of glitter

Olympic champion Jessica Diggins has suffered from severe eating disorders throughout her career. It was so bad it could have cost her her life. 

Diggins, a big profile in the World Cup after ten seasons, has a Olympic gold in sprint relay from Pyeongchang 2018 and a World Cup gold in the same branch from the World Cup in Val di Fiemme 2013. In addition, she has six individual World Cup wins and 25 podium places. 

At the 2018 Olympics, she was fifth in the 10km freestyle, just three seconds from the podium. Instead of looking forward to a near-perfect race, she started accusing herself of being too fat, that's where the three seconds were.

 

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