Jessie Diggins, Olympic cross country skier
"My earliest memory is of singing songs in my parents’ ear as we went for a family ski with me in my Dad's backpack! So my perception of skiing was that it was incredibly fun, beautiful and a good way to spend time with people you love. Later on what really drew me to the sport was that it's so tough yet so beautiful and graceful. It's a sport that demands so much of you, and challenges you to dig deep down inside yourself to see what you're really made of when you're coming to the sprint out at the end of a 30 kilometer race."
The best part of being an Olympian - "Seeing the inspiration and excitement in the faces of the kids I help coach in the summer. It's so cool to know that my hard work can help inspire other people to set their goals high and go after them!”
via NBC Olympics, photo via NBC Chicago