By Jonathan Wiesel, Nordic Group International
Timing is a curious thing. I got this writing assignment/book review on a January afternoon, and within minutes a Canadian friend emailed (you could tell that he was EXCITED!) to say that American Jessie Diggins had just won the 10 km World Cup cross country skate race in Falun Sweden, beating Norway’s Therese Johaug – generally considered the world’s top woman Nordic skier – by 2.1 seconds. (Whoa, all that in one breath!) And this was a few days after Diggins (ok, “Jessie” to a host of folks) had won the incredibly taxing multi-day, multi-country Tour de Ski.