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Glitter and grit: Jessie Diggins is one of America’s best hopes for Olympic gold

One of America’s fittest athletes spends her downtime learning hip-hop dance routines from YouTube tutorials: an infectious cocktail of ferocity and fun that could deliver a historic first

Every four years, as the best winter athletes in the world descend upon some snowy and scenic locale to compete for gold at the Winter Olympics, US audiences tune in by the millions to witness the exhilarating beauty of figure skating and the death-defying velocity of alpine skiing. But cross-country skiing, which lacks the obvious appeal and star power of those marquee events, rarely captures the attention of the American public, even during the Games.

That could change soon.

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