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Continued: Meet the Minnesota Olympians

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Olympic experience: First

Twitter handle: @jessdiggs

Bio: A three-time state champion in Nordic skiing at Stillwater High School, Diggins made history last year in a blockbuster season for the U.S. women’s team. She paired with Kikkan Randall to win the team sprint at the world championships — the first gold medal ever won by American skiers at the worlds — and the duo also won the nation’s first World Cup gold in the team sprint. Diggins anchors the women’s 4x5-kilometer relay as well; that team has a pair of third-place finishes in World Cup events in the past year, the best results in U.S. history.

Events: Women’s freestyle sprint, Feb. 11, 4 a.m.; could also race in the 30-kilometer freestyle, Feb. 22, 3:30 a.m.; 4x5k relay, Feb. 15, 4 a.m.; 15k skiathlon, Feb. 8, 4 a.m.

BRIAN GREGG

Minneapolis • cross-country skiing

Age: 29

Olympic experience: First

Twitter handle: @xcSkiLlfeBG

Bio: The Gregg household in north Minneapolis now includes two Olympians: Brian, a long-distance specialist, and his wife, Caitlin (Compton), who competed in the 2010 Winter Games. Gregg grew up in Washington state and was an All-America in cross-country skiing at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He placed second in the 30-kilometer freestyle race at the U.S. Championships in January and has won on the Nor-Am Cup and U.S. Super Tour circuits.

Event: Men’s 30K skiathlon, Feb. 9, 4 a.m.; 50-kilometer mass start freestyle, Feb. 23, 1 a.m.

GIGI MARVIN

Warroad/Gophers • women’s hockey

Age: 26

Height/weight: 5-8, 166

Position: Defenseman

Olympic experience: Second (2010)

Twitter handle: @GigiMarvin

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