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ArtWe're Dril and KC Green, and we're the good internet boys. Ask us anything about games theories and breakfast meals.

Dec 1st 2017 by kcgreenn • 25 Questions • 963 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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Would you say it's definitely not him?

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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 have written old short comics I consider like poetry, but not just poems no

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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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Can't argue with that.

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


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yes

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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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As a tiny preamble, I'd just like to say thanks to both of you: I emailed KC a couple years ago while suffering from depression and got a response that was genuinely helpful, and Dril has always managed to provide a break in the monotony when I need one. Keep doing your thing guys.

My actual question is a bit generic unfortunately. To both of you: what is your favorite part about working on the SBAHJ book, your comics/chronic twitter-posting, or both?

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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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i liked reading dril's layouts and writing while I was re-drawing it for print. that was a fun way to read a book.

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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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Dril: What got you into the twitter funnyman business to start with?

KC Green: What's your opinion on the massive popularity of that This Is Fine dog?

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which foods are easiest to process during an intense sprint?


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it's okay

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I eat cliff shot blocks - so, basically just simple sugar! I also like peanut butter banana sandwiches in between the qualifier and the heats.


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@dril and KC, what kind of question should I ask you?

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Should I put you on my fantasy team for Lillehammer? I need all the help I can get after a tough Ruka triple.


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This kind, right here. Thank you for your service.

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Haha I always have to bet on myself!


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How "shitty" can you honestly say the new book will be? As in, will it be readable by people who know nothing about SBaHJ? Or will it be extremely niche and highly ironic?

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Hi Jessie, I'm wondering who your #1 best underdog pick is for this weekend in Noah Hoffman fantasy?


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the book is not shitty it's "good"

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Honestly, the World Cup can change so much weekend to weekend! But my teammate Andy Newell just had a birthday today so he's feeling really happy and looks fast!


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KC: do you consider Paradox Space more of a failed experiment, or a successful project that ended on its own terms? Are there any comics you wish you could have made- and is there anything preventing you from tweeting Homestuck fan comics independently?

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Hi Jessie, race hard this winter! Do you feel at this point that you are equally competitive in both classic and skate? Will that factor into the choices you make about what races to focus on at the Olympics? Thanks for being a great rep for MN.


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i guess it was successful enough! I liked doing the work for it and it paid which is rare to find online. I wouldn't tweet fan comics the way the very real and very big homestuck fanbase would and does. They have a way closer relationship to it than myself. I was happy to join in, even tho my first one about the zoo wasn't accepted that well, which is fair. I was more into the sweet bros and hella jeffs in general, tho I followed HS when it first got started up for a bit.

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Thanks! I'm always working to improve in both techniques, but I feel that my classic is slowly getting there! I'm focusing on the skate-heavy races at the Olympics simply because I love the team events so much and I feel that's the best way I can help my team.


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how do you get cowboy paint off a dog?

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Which song(s) do you listen to on your Bose headphones/speaker to get amped up for your races?


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With dog water!!!!!!

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I love anything with a good dance beat that's happy! Right now, "Feel it Still" by Portugal the Man and "The Greatest" by Sia make me really happy!


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Dril: Favorite dog? KC: Favorite dog?

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I am food obsessed and dream about being a cross country skier so I can eat whatever I want. Really though, how many calories would you say you burn in your average training while skiing? Good luck.


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whatever dog is currently in my sights is my favorite dog

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In a long training session, or intervals, I probably go through around 1600 calories. That's a lot of granola bars! :)


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Are you a bathroom jerker or bedroom jerker?

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Hey Jessie! Big fan from Norway here! One of the most exiting races i've ever seen was the 10k in Falun 2015, congrats on the silver! Good luck this weekend at Lillehammer and in the Olympics! Anyways, my question is how is it for you to spend the entire winter every year here in Europe? Do you wish for eventually having more FIS races in USA?


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the luxury of laying on your bed can not contend with being hunched over a dirty sink or toilet.

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Thanks! It can be hard to be traveling the entire winter since I'm away from home and I miss my family. But, it's also really exciting to get the chance to see so many countries and meet so many new people! The best way to stay happy is to be with a team that has great chemistry. We are like a family and look out for each other! And yes, I would LOVE to have a WC in the USA!


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dril: i am a poet and i really believe you have a gift with words. i made a poem inspired by you 2 years ago. do you like it? this is the poem: http://taluluto.tumblr.com/post/112227460686/sisyphus-is-a-found-poem-created-entirely-from

kc green: this isn't really a question and i'm sorry, but at MICE last year, do you remember stopping to get lunch and talking to joel christian gill while doing so? you were wearing a spongebob shirt? i was the blond girl sitting across from joel, who was my professor at the time. i'd admired gunshow comic and anime club but i had no idea what you looked like and right after you left joel mentioned who you were and i freaked the hell out that i hadn't gotten to say hi to you and tell you i love your work. well, i love your work!

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Hi Jessie. Big fan from Norway. Not very patriotic hahah, but you are the only CC skier i root for this Olympic Games. Wish you good luck under the games and may the odds be ever in your favor. Question : How supportive is the american community, and how big is the Cross Country skiing sport in the U.S ?

Btw: I want more dancing videos on IG!!


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i dont have a spongebob shirt, but it might of been my bart simpsons ANIME shirt? thats the closest big yellow thing I would of had on my chest I could think of. Anyway hi! thank you.

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Thanks for being our fan! Skiing in the US isn't very big compared to other sports, but our fans are really passionate and awesome! So, I think we need to get a World Cup to the US to help grow the sport and continue the live streaming of World Cups so our fans can follow along!


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dril and kc:

Ranch or cool ranch?

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Just saw your dog on your link. So cute! What kind of dog is it?


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just ranch, i aint no big-city type

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Leo is a French Brittany - and he's the cutest little guy!


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Hey all how did it feel to get inside the heads of two titans of comics like Sweet Bro and Hell Of Jeff?

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Thoughts on Klæbos peculiar ski form of running on skis in the classic races?


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luckily i could stay outside the heads and just enjoy the rightful antics of these rowdy sons. im like the baby sitter.

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He's really, really good at it!


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to both of you: are you privy to any other future works related to hussies dumb comic?

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Hi Jessie! Big fan from Denmark here who wants to know if you hadn't become a cross country skier what would then have become? A dancer perhaps? =)


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yes, he's working on homestuck 2; back 2 the sburbs coming out this spring

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Haha yes, I definitely would have wanted to become a dancer! I don't think I would have been good enough for that, but I always really enjoyed helping other people be active and get outdoors so I would have been involved in sports in one way or another.


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KC: how did you feel when Hussie got unexpectedly SWOLE?

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Good luck this winter Jessie! How do you explain the difference in performance/success between your team and the men’s ? Y’all are inspiring. Hopefully they’ll catch up!


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honry

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I think our men are training really hard and doing all the right things - but sometimes you see countries gain momentum one way or the other and it's just hard to explain! Some countries are much better at classic, for example, and some have a stronger women's program, but I've seen a lot of our younger athletes training and I'm confident that they're going in the right direction!


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how did you guys meet?

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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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online

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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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KC: How much did the popularity of the "this is fine" comic surprise you?

dril: dril more like will cause that's what you'll be writing when I'm done with you motherfucjer

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Stillwater Nordic Alum here; being on the team with you and watching you race was such an awesome experience. Your legacy is part of the reason the Ponies are still thriving, and you can do so much more than compete!

In the future, after your competitive years, what do you see yourself doing for the good of the sport?


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it "surprises me" that it keeps on being a thing that is used even today. please let my boy sleep

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Hey! So fun to hear from a Stillwater alum! I think after a few years I'd like to get into coaching at some level to help give back to the sport I love so much!


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KC: I can't fail to see how you left your greatest achievement out of the OP. How did it you arrive at the concept of Dickbutt, and how much are you still grieved by him today?

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What's your favorite cereal?


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i dont care about dickbutt anymore and freely let it go now to anyone who wants to use it. Even that idiot who wanted to make a kickstarter for a dickbutt billboard in california or something. You can do that now, dude. I don't care.

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I like to bake granola - ginger molasses is my current favorite!


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Do you always train with a HR monitor? Do you think they're beneficial for non-professional level athletes?

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I don't always use one - but I do use them often when I'm trying to achieve a specific goal, like if I'm trying to keep my heart rate low on long distance skis (especially if I've traveled to altitude!) or if I'm doing intervals and want to stay in a certain zone. I think they can be helpful for non-professional athletes if you're looking to try some new things in your training and want to see where you're at, but the most important thing is to have fun and pay attention to how your body is feeling!


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Hey Jessie! I skied throughout high school, and am also from MN! I love watching you race and kick ass! It was awesome to hear that your favorite memory from high school racing was going up to Giants Ridge for 3 days since that was also my favorite memory from high school skiing (my team did the exact same thing haha).

Where was/is your favorite place to ski in Minnesota? In the world?

Is there a piece of advice someone or a coach gave you which really stuck with you?

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Hey that's awesome! Giants Ridge camp is so awesome. In Minnesota, I have a real soft spot for Giants Ridge, especially the silver course because of all the ups and downs and fun corners! In the world, I really love training in Seiser Alm, Italy because of the sun, amazing ski trails and great food. :) My coach said "nobody ever died of disappointment. You'll never regret giving it everything you have and not coming out on top, but you'll always regret not trying at all".


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Hello Jessie,

Have say I love your racing and attitude towards the sport and everything you do.

Norwegian skiers become "superstars" and seem to get whatever they want in life. What do you see yourself doing when the skiing career is over?

Thanks and good luck racing in Lillehammer- kill those decents :o)

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I think all the skiers on the World Cup, no matter where they're from, have to work so hard to find success and achieve their goals. When I'm done skiing, I think I want to take some dance classes and take a mental break from the sport for a little bit! :) Then I'll go back to school and finish University.


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Jessie! Hi! Who’s the funniest non-American/Canadian at the World Cup races?

A:

Haha that's a great question! I feel like a lot of the techs and coaches have a great sense of humor and are always joking around.


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Jessie,

I've been doing the running/ biking/ skiing/ endurance sports for a while. Much too late in life am I realizing what it truly means to go hard on your hard days, easy on your easy days, and that a quality focused sessions is much more productive than simply grinding out the miles. You have a lot of athletic success starting at a fairly young age. Did you have any particular moment when you had a similar realization as to what quality training is? Are there any learning moments you can share on this topic?

Thanks, and have fun in Pyeonechang!

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I think it's great that you're able to listen to your body now and figure that out! For me, I had to learn to honestly listen to the signals my body was giving me (like if I wasn't recovered and shouldn't push through intervals) and then act on that. I think quality training is when you are able to feel good and focus on your technique and what you're doing - if you're really tired and it's hard to focus you might need to back it down a little bit! I also had coaches who made all the difference for me - reminding me that it's not about how much or how fast you train, but how fast you race that actually counts!


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Hi there, I am a cross country ski instructor and find that most of my clients are younger children and older adults (or teenagers in school group lessons). What do you think can be done to bring younger people into the sport? Other than cooler graphics on the skis :P

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Haha great graphics are pretty awesome, for sure! But I think playing games on skis really got me into it. I loved playing tag and soccer on skis and doing fun and silly relays with my friends when I was younger - it kept me having fun and also built a lot of skills! You could also set up a sort of challenge for them during practice, like goals of skiing a certain amount of kilometers, a new trail, or doing a scavenger hunt!


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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 ;)