The gold medal Jessie Diggins won in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games isn’t sitting on a mantel at her home in Stratton, Vt.
It isn’t on display in any trophy case at Stratton Mountain School, from where the cross-country champion graduated in 2012. The medal isn’t enshrined at any local museum, or on display anywhere in order to encourage fellow racers to achieve their own greatness.
Nope. You’ll find Diggins’ Olympic gold medal, the first ever for the United States in cross-country skiing, tucked away someplace in her parents’ basement in Minnesota.
“I don’t even look at it,” the 30-year-old Diggins said. “Because every single day I have to earn the right to be proud of who I am, how I am as a teammate, and what I’ve done every single day. I try not to ride on the success of the past.”