Olympian Jessie Diggins explains what makes cross-country skiing a surprisingly brutal sport

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Cross-country skiing might seem easy, since it's a sport anyone can pick up.

But at the Olympic level, it's a brutally exhausting event.

US Olympian Jessie Diggins, who's competing at the Winter Olympics, spoke to INSIDER about the sport.

"It's really aggressive because, unlike track or swimming, you don't have to stay in your own lane," she said.

For an average person, cross-country skiing is a pleasant way to spend a winter afternoon. For an Olympian, cross-country skiing is a punishing test of strength and endurance.

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