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You simply can’t keep keep Jessica Diggins down if you try.

The eternally optimistic Diggins said she wasn’t upset that she came up short in her quest to become the first American woman to win a medal in cross-country skiing. Diggins reached the finals of the women’s classic sprint on Tuesday night, but finished sixth.

Diggins was all smiles after the race, just as she was during introductions.

“It’s a huge step forward for me just to make finals,” Diggins said.

Diggins said she didn’t recover quick enough from her previous race, having raced less than 30 minutes before in the second of two women’s semifinal races.

“For sure I was crumbling a little bit on that last monster climb and really working hard to keep it together and keep it upright,” Diggins said. “But I’m really proud of this race.”

Diggins said the future for her is bright, saying her classical skiing has come a long way.

 

“If you would have told me at the beginning of the year that I would make the Olympic classic sprint final I would have been like, ‘Ha, that’s funny. Good joke!.’”  Diggins said.

When asked if she thinks she will still win a medal in these Olympic Games, Diggins joked, “Well yeah, I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think that.”