Silver medal helps Brennan maintain World Cup points lead

January 3, 2021

Rosie Brennan

Anchorage’s Rosie Brennan was part of a historic 1-2 finish for American cross-country skiing that helped the APU star maintain her grip on first place in the World Cup points race.

For the first time ever two Americans won gold and silver medals in the same World Cup nordic race after Jessie Diggins struck gold and Brennan silver at the 10K freestyle pursuit in Switzerland.

Diggins has a reputation for making history with Alaskans.

At the 2018 Winter Olympics she teamed with Anchorage’s Kikkan Randall to win a historic gold medal in the team sprint.

This time she joined Brennan on a World Cup podium.

Brennan, who last month became the first American skier since Randall to win back-to-back World Cup races, extended her lead in the season points series. Brennan leads the series with 540 points, with Diggins third at 389.

Here is a look at Brennan’s progression over the last few seasons, showing just how far the Alaskan has come.

World Cup standings
(Year, Place, Points)
2021 1st 540
2020 17th 553
2019 38th 175
2018 55th 106
2017 65th 64