A driver involved in a road rage incident with Olympic cross-country skier Jessie Diggins has pleaded guilty to a petty misdemeanor.
Diggins, a gold medalist at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, was training with a friend on Oct. 28 in her hometown of Afton, Minnesota, when a vehicle "buzzed us so close that I was rocked sideways from the wind," she wrote in her blog.
Diggins, 27, said she and her training partner heard the vehicle coming so they moved into single-file formation, but their being on the side of the road apparently enraged the motorist, who has since been identified as George Garret Frost, 38, of nearby St. Mary's Point, Washington County.
Frost pleaded guilty to a nuisance on a public roadway charge and was ordered to pay a $300 fine and write a letter of apology to Diggins, the Star Tribune reports.
Recounting the incident on her blog, Diggins said the driver slowed to a stop and when they were about to go by him he forced them into the middle of the road.
"When we sped up, he sped up. When we slowed down, he came to a stop, blocking us from getting back to the side of the road. I knocked on the window a few times shouting that he was going to get us killed, and he flipped me the finger and turned the music up."
Diggins called it "the most incredible display of aggressive bullying" she's ever seen, noting that had he "been 6 inches closer to us, we would be in the hospital or dead."
Diggins won the gold medal in the women's cross-country skiing team sprint, coming from behind with a late surge to secure 1st place.