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Brave enough : my story

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xiii, 276 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Snow baby -- Wild child -- Super speed -- Thunder Bay -- The Stillwater Way -- Pain cave -- The Great balancing act -- To ski or not to ski -- Slow spiral -- The Emily Program -- Never alone -- Blood, sweat, and Tears -- The National team -- Planes, trains, and automobiles -- Because 96 isn't -- From Sochi, with love -- Give it all you got -- Know when to fold 'em -- Pyeong Chang -- Brave hearts -- Let's go get it -- One team -- Here be fragons -- Coming home; or, The week I masqueraded as a rock star.
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In her new memoir Brave Enough, 2018 Olympic Gold Medalist Jessie Diggins shares her story for the first time. The core of Brave Enough traces her amazing journey from the heartland of the United States into the history books of sports. The memoir details her childhood in Afton, Minnesota (an idyllic small town nestled in a virtual snow globe), her meteoric rise as an elite youth athlete (she turned pro straight out of high school), and her dazzling athletic achievements on the world stage (she is a four time World Championship medalist and one of the most decorated women's winter athletes of all time). She also addresses important, personal issues like the importance of girls participation in sports. Diggins is also one of the most outspoken athletes that is stepping up to bring awareness to global climate change. Diggins also shares at length, for the first time, about her personal struggle with a serious eating disorder that nearly killed her. --


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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.

Author Notes

Jessie Diggins was raised in Afton, Minnesota, and became a professional skier at the age of nineteen. A two-time Olympian and four-time World Championship medalist, she is the most decorated U.S. cross-country athlete in World Championship history. She and teammate Kikkan Randall became the first Olympic Gold medalists in U.S. cross country history in the 2018 PyeongChang team sprint. She resides at least part time in Stratton, Vermont, where she is a member of the Stratton Mountain School T2 elite team.

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.

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As a little girl, Diggins had a favorite phrase--"I do it mineself!"--and she proceeded to prove that she could portage her canoe, split firewood, or clean a fish as well as the boys. With a competitive drive fueled by grit and guided by active parents who included their children in outdoor sporting adventures, she made U.S. sports history. At the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Diggins and teammate Kikkan Randall won the gold medal in women's team sprint freestyle cross-country skiing, ending a 42-year medal drought for Americans in the event. This is an authentically told, fast-paced memoir that follows Diggins from childhood as a multisport enthusiast before choosing to specialize in cross-country skiing. Diggins bravely yet matter-of-factly shares details about her success in overcoming bulimia. By sharing this story, Diggins will help educate readers and fight the stigma facing those suffering from eating disorders. An uplifting sports memoir told with compassion and vulnerability. Women in Focus: the 19th in 2020

Table of Contents

Prologue: I Can Do It Myselfp. ix
1 Snow Babyp. 1
2 Wild Childp. 7
3 Super Speedp. 14
4 Thunder Bayp. 25
5 The Stillwater Wayp. 32
6 Pain Cavep. 41
7 The Great Balancing Actp. 48
8 To Ski or Not to Skip. 56
9 Slow Spiralp. 61
10 The Emily Programp. 75
11 Never Alonep. 96
12 Blood, Sweat, and Tearsp. 108
13 The National Teamp. 122
14 Planes, Trains, and Automobilesp. 134
15 From Sochi, with Lovep. 152
16 Give It All You Gotp. 164
17 Because 96 Isn't 100p. 180
18 Know When to Fold 'Emp. 196
19 PyeongChangp. 205
20 Brave Heartsp. 214
21 Let's Go Get Itp. 221
22 One Teamp. 234
23 Here Be Dragonsp. 246
24 Coming Home; or, The Week I Masqueraded as a Rock Starp. 256
Epiloguep. 265
Acknowledgmentsp. 273