Diggins was Klobuchar’s guest to the Joint Meeting of Congress by French President Emmanuel Macron

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) met with Jessie Diggins, cross-country skier and Olympic gold medalist. Diggins was Klobuchar’s guest to today’s Joint Meeting of Congress by French President Emmanuel Macron. At the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, Diggins won Team USA’s first ever gold medal in cross-country skiing and the first of any kind for the U.S. women's team. She has raced in two Olympic Games, four Cross-Country World Championships and was chosen by the members of Team USA to be the United States flagbearer for the PyeongChang Olympic closing ceremony. Diggins was born in St. Paul and currently resides in Afton.

“Minnesota produces some of the most talented Olympians in the world, and Jessie was no exception,” Klobuchar said. “This year in the Olympics, Jessie made history as the first American woman to take home a medal—a gold, no less—in cross-country skiing. She represents the best of our state, and I’m so proud of her and all of the Minnesotans on Team USA.” 

In March, Klobuchar and U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) introduced a Senate resolution commending the Minnesotans who competed for the United States in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang. Team USA featured 23 Olympians with ties to communities across Minnesota, the third-highest number of hometown athletes for any state. Diggins is in Washington today to speak as a panelist at a Congressional briefing on climate change and the future of the Winter Olympics.