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MilitaryIamA soldier in Kuwait with prior deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan (dat Trifecta) AMA!

Nov 27th 2017 by cookie-cutter • 16 Questions • 82 Points

Gotta run - thanks for all the questions!

Hey All! I’m Jessie, a Cross Country Skier and I race all winter on the World Cup - I am gearing up for another Winter Olympic Games -- all races from sprints to 30 kilometers! I have 4 World Championship medals, was part of the 2014 Winter Olympic team and am gearing up for another Olympic games.

I began skiing at age 3 and was part of the first-ever U.S. team to [win](https://www.teamusa.org/us-ski-and-snowboard/athletes/Jessie-Diggins

Learn more about me and all Olympic hopefuls at teamusa.org. The Winter Games begin Feb 8 on NBC! Read all Olympic AMA's and see what's next on Reddit at reddit.com/user/TeamUSAOlympics. Subscribe now to Ask Them Anything!

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Hi! I just Googled Opsec and found a description that included “An adversary's agents tasked with collecting information frequently visit some of the same stores, clubs, recreational areas or places of worship as you do. Determined individuals can easily collect data from cordless and cellular phones and even baby monitors using inexpensive receivers available from local electronics stores. If anyone, especially a foreign national, persistently seeks information, notify your military sponsor immediately.”

How serious and prevalent is this kind of problem in your experience??

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Hi Jessie, big fan from Norway here!

  1. What’s your favorite interval workout?
  2. Do you have any rituals or routines to mentally prepare for a race?
  3. What do you think it will take to make cross-country skiing as big in the U.S. as it is over here?

Best of luck with your season and the Olympics!


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I am always careful not to give anything that is ACTUALLY secret or dangerous information on a public forum. But anytime any military member does an AMA there is an inevitable backlash from others who always say that they are breaking opsec so that was more of a jabbing answer in that direction

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Hi! I love long zone 3 workouts because it's a great chance to really improve my technique while going hard. So, something like 5 x 10 minutes zone 3 with 3-4 minutes rest in between each one. Before each race, I put sparkles on my cheeks to remind myself that I do this because I love to ski and that when I'm having fun, I race my fastest! I think we need a World Cup in the US to help fans connect with the sport, and now with so many athletes sharing their life on social media fans can really connect and follow their favorite athletes - which makes them want to see the races even more!


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Gotcha. But are there truly many cases of like spies on US mainland soaking up basic details from military families at churches and grocery stores etc ? Or is it just a good precaution?

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Other than racing, what's the best part of the Olympics?


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Spies don't need to be in the US. We post everything about our personal lives on the internet.

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Walking into opening ceremonies! It's such an adrenaline rush - the lights, the cheering, the noise. For me, that's the moment I felt like I had finally made the Olympic team!


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I joined the Army in 2003. Signed up for two years. I never had a guaranteed station. I never even requested a station. By whatever mechanism the Army uses, they sent me to Korea. When that was done, they sent me to Fort Knox. My ETS came up and I got my honorable.

Why do vets of deployment give me such shit about that, like I'm some sort of draft-dodger?

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Have you ever gotten frostbite?


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People like to gate keep. You did what you were told to do and they are being shitty about that. Good job and I appreciate your service

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YES! I frostbit my toes and hands when I was younger and now they get cold really quickly!


Q:
  1. Honest opinion of Trump as the leader of the armed forces

  2. Do you enjoy what you do?

  3. What is your official job title (and branch of the military) and what does your average day look like.

  4. What caused you to join the military and would you do it again?

  5. Thank you for your service!

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Who do you think will win State (MN) this year?


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  1. Wasn't my first pick

  2. I like what I do as far as it being an interesting new challenge but I really miss doing general medical and field work. Sadly that just isn't what this unit needs me for.

  3. I am a Battle NCO for a Command. I am in the Alabama Army National Guard but currently assigned to an regular army unit. Essentially I am a task manager and organizer for all of the different projects each of our sections is completing.

  4. I was 17 and was familiar with it, I had a military family. I would probably do it again but I would be a bit smarter about it. Essentially I wasted some really interesting opportunities for some dumb reasons.

  5. Thanks! Hope I was able to give some good answers!

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Haha I don't know yet! At this point in the season, it's anybody's game...which makes it really exciting.


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Me, too.

There are dozens of us!

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Few questions

What's your favorite world cup venue (and why is it canmore)?

You always seem to have your music going on your Instagram, what's on your warmup playlist?

Would you rather fight 100 duck sized northugs or 1 northug sized duck?


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This isn't Max is it?

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Haha I love Canmore because I have a lot of friends there and it's close(ish) to home! My warmup playlist involves a lot of upbeat pop like Taylor Swift, SIA and right now "Feel it Still" by Portugal the Man. And 100 duck sized Northugs would be hilarious.


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No, just a fan.
Max is /u/TLCplMax.

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Hi Jessie! Do you have a favorite memory from your highschool ski team?


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Good deal. Yut, Ooorah, Kill, etc

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I LOVED our 3 day training camps up at Giant's Ridge! We lived in the dorms and has so much fun training 3 times a day and doing sprints in the stadium at night and sledding down the alpine runs. Greatest camp memories ever!


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Thanks very much for the reply!

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What was the transition like going straight from high school to training/racing?


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I went straight from High school to professional racing and at first it was pretty scary - I felt like a fish out of water! But I was really lucky to have some great teammates and mentors who helped me with the transition. The biggest change was being on the road all winter long and dealing with feeling homesick!


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Are you attaching to SOCOM or CENTCOM?

Is Kuwait still qualify as hazardous pay?

Thanks from a fellow Airman! AIM HIGH!

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Have you counted how many training hours you get in a year?

Greetings from Finland, your and the XC team US’s positive attitude is always so great to see! Good luck in the season and especially in the Olympics!


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I'm under CENTCOM (no cool guy stuff for me sadly). I don't get any hazardous duty pay

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Thanks! Last year I trained around 830 hours, and I always try to focus not on the hours themselves but the quality of those hours.


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How does it feel knowing that your side has killed over a million civilians, destabilised entire generations, all for the sake of profit?

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How did you become so fascinated by cross country skiing? :)


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Like its an odd question coming from someone with a Norse myth reference for their name

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I grew up skiing with my family, and we went out on the trails every weekend! So I always thought it was a really fun way to spend time outside and get to see some beautiful areas of the world. I also love how it's a self-powered sport - you take yourself up the hills and down them, too! It's really fun figuring out how to push yourself to go faster.


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What does my username have to do with anything? I asked you something in AMA...Don't attempt to discredit me because of a username. Did you even understand it? Or you just going to cover it up like how your military covers up civilian deaths daily?

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are there certain people you don't get along with, or are you forced to be close with everyone?


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Innocent people getting hurt is bad. That is my answer. Without attempting to discredit you I just think its funny that a person with a username that glorifies battle and an aggressive people is particularly concerned with civilian casualties. I am never going to say that loss of life is good (though I would argue the necessity at times) but never for an innocent person that did nothing wrong besides being born in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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I think that part of being a good teammate is knowing that you might not normally hang out with your teammates in regular life, but to be a good teammate is to have their back and look out for them, and to support them! So our goal is not to be best friends, but to be "best teammates" as that's an even more important thing.


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How retarded are you? WTF do you think a "soldier" does? Brainwashed.

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Hey Jessie! Big fan, Olympians are knowns for their high calorie diets, how high is your daily caloric intake and what are your guilty pleasures food wise?

Also what's your favorite ski-themed movie?


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A soldier fights the enemy. We don't kick in doors to kill innocent people. These days we aren't even as heavily involved in the actual fighting as the local forces who we have trained and equipped. Are there people in the military that want the blood and guts? Absolutely but those guys all out themselves as douchebags pretty quickly. The average Joe is trying to get himself established over 4-6 years, get a trade of some sort, get some life experience and work for their GI Bill and then go about their normal lives.

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I looooove chocolate! But I probably burn through around 3,500 calories in a hard day of training during the summer/fall months, and in the winter I need less because I train less when I'm racing. And I used to watch old VHS World Cup tapes with my Dad on TV, so I thought the World Cups WERE a movie!


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hi Jessie,

What are common injuries skiers face and what precautions are common?

Who is your idol?

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My teammates are my idols - I've learned so much from each and every one of them! Skiers usually face overuse injuries - I see a lot in the feet and back. I think getting good PT and Massage can help keep muscles relaxed and just being cautious right away when skiers feel pain and getting help for it can prevent some of these.


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Hi Jessie! Do you have any tips/advice for roller skiing or summer training? I started roller skiing this summer, and I'd like to know your approach to training in the off-season.

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I think that's awesome! In the summer, I do a mix of roller skiing, running, spin biking and weight lifting. Getting a good aerobic base with long slow distance training and adding in some strength training and intervals every week will go a long ways to helping your skiing in the winter!


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Hey Jessie. Just wondering, do you watch Johannes's vlogs?

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I have watched them, yep! He's doing a great job making the sport really relatable to everyone and showing what life for a XC skier is really like.


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Last question, Who's cooler? Me(Matt Hempe) from Minnesota or Tony Mathie from Pennsylvania?

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Haha what a loaded question! I have a lot of MN pride, so I'm going to have to give this one to you.


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How do you feel about the men's and women's USST having identical objective criteria for team selection when women's skiing has significantly less depth and higher FIS points? It seems unfair to name teams off of world cup points when some women's race don't even have 30 racers, while male skiers like Hoffman end up in 50th place with a lower percent back than the 3rd place women's racer? How do you feel about how female skiers' attractiveness affects their marketability?

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Hey Silent Sports, I think that selection criteria is up to the coaches - you're going to have to get our coaches on an AMA for this one ;)