Jessie Diggins wins 1st Tour de Ski title for United States
United States' Jessie Diggins bursts into tears after completing a women's Tour de Ski, cross-country 10K mass start event, in Val di Fiemme, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. Diggins finished in second placed and clinched the Tour de Ski trophy. All rights reservedVAL DI FIEMME – Jessie Diggins won a first title for the United States in cross-country skiing’s Tour de Ski on Sunday. Four different Norwegians combined to win the past seven editions of the women’s Tour de Ski. Diggins, from Saint Paul, Minnesota, won an Olympic gold medal at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games in team sprint with Kikkan Randall.
Listening to athletes, USOPC won't punish Olympic protests
The decision is a response to a set of recommendations from a USOPC athlete group that seeks changes to the much-maligned Rule 50 of the IOC Olympic Charter, which prohibits inside-the-lines protests at the games. IOC athletes chair Kirsty Coventry said many of those who have provided feedback to her commission "have also recognized the practical question of how to choose between the opinions of hundreds of issues from different angles across the world." The USOPC established a handful of working groups led by athletes who tackled different aspects of social injustice in the Olympic movement and society in general. The USOPC says it won't discipline athletes for “respectful” and “peaceful” demonstrations, and Hirshland said, “I can't imagine that kneeling or raising a fist would be considered" inappropriate. The IOC has sent a survey to athletes across the globe for their opinions on Rule 50 and other issues.