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Brave Enough

Brave Enough

by Jessie Diggins, Todd Smith

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Overview

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

 

Pyeongchang, February 21, 2018. In the nerve-racking final seconds of the women’s team sprint freestyle race, Jessie Diggins dug deep. Blowing past two of the best sprinters in the world, she stretched her ski boot across the finish line and lunged straight into Olympic immortality: the first ever cross-country skiing gold medal for the United States at the Winter Games. The 26-year-old Diggins, a four-time World Championship medalist, was literally a world away from the small town of Afton, Minnesota, where she first strapped on skis. Yet, for all her history-making achievements, she had never strayed far from the scrappy 12-year-old who had insisted on portaging her own canoe through the wilderness, yelling happily under the unwieldy weight on her shoulders: “Look! I’m doing it!”

           

In Brave Enough, Jessie Diggins reveals the true story of her journey from the American Midwest into sports history. With candid charm and characteristic grit, she connects the dots from her free-spirited upbringing in the woods of Minnesota to racing in the bright spotlights of the Olympics. Going far beyond stories of races and ribbons, she describes the challenges and frustrations of becoming a serious athlete; learning how to push through and beyond physical and psychological limits; and the intense pressure of competing at the highest levels. She openly shares her harrowing struggle with bulimia, recounting both the adversity and how she healed from it in order to bring hope and understanding to others experiencing eating disorders. 

Between thrilling accounts of moments of triumph, Diggins shows the determination it takes to get there—the struggles and disappointments, the fun and the hard work, and the importance of listening to that small, fierce voice: I can do it. I am brave enough.



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ISBN-13: 9781517908195
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 03/10/2020
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 309,361
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

A two-time Olympian, Jessie Diggins is the most decorated U.S. cross-country athlete in World Championship history: she is the first American woman to win the World Cup Distance title and the World Cup Overall Champion title, and she has earned thirty-five medals in World Cup competitions. In 2021, she became the first American to win the prestigious Tour de Ski.

Todd Smith is author of Hockey Strong. His sportswriting has contributed to Minnesota Hockey, USA Hockey, and the Minnesota Wild on the NHL Network. His work has been published in The Rake Magazine, Minnesota Monthly, and Twin Cities METRO Magazine, and he has been a commentator on Minnesota Public Radio’s 89.3 The Current and WCCO Radio.

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue: I Can Do It Myself 

1. Snow Baby

2. Wild Child

3. Super Speed

4. Thunder Bay

5. The Stillwater Way

6. Pain Cave

7. The Great Balancing Act

8. To Ski or Not to Ski

9. Slow Spiral

10. The Emily Program

11. Never Alone

12. Blood, Sweat, and Tears

13. The National Team

14. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

15. Because 96 Isn’t 100

16. From Sochi, with Love

17. Give It All You Got

18. Know When to Fold ’Em

19. PyeongChang

20. Brave Hearts

21. Let’s Go Get It

22. One Team

23. Here Be Dragons

24. Coming Home; or, The Week I Masqueraded As a Rock Star

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

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