As painful as it is to admit it, Comcast’s Jesse Diggins commercial was pretty special.

It aired the other night, moments after the American audience saw a taped version of her exciting “Here Comes Diggins!” win for cross-country gold.

Ostensibly, it was a tribute to Diggins and her hometown of Afton, but we noticed something disturbing in its lovely portrayal of Afton. I don’t think it’s Afton.

It does feature the Chilkoot Cafe.

It’s in Stillwater.

The commercial also opens with a pretty night shot of downtown Afton. That’s Stillwater, too.


And this lovely introduction to the town?

That’s a dead ringer for Lowell Park. In Stillwater, Population: 19,292.

[Update: a friend notes that the flagpole was electronically added and that it’s likely Pioneer Park]

Other than that, it could make an Aftonite positively teary eyed.

The commercial included scenes from the race earlier in the day. AdWeek reveals how it was done in its “Ad of the Day” segment.

“Our first [Olympics] ad, ‘The Big Farewell,’ which started airing in late November, told the story of a handful of athletes as they are saying goodbye to their families and communities,” said Rudnay, adding that the newer “3 A.M.” spot centers on the true story of how Diggins’ hometown “gets together before she races, when they all go to a cafe and watch her.”

“We crafted a story that would resonate no matter what happened,” Kaplan said. “In the end, the commercial isn’t just a celebration of Jessie and her hometown. It’s also about the pride Comcast takes in bringing the Olympics to hometowns everywhere. … We knew the Comcast-NBC relationship created the opportunity to pivot and tell Olympic stories as they unfolded. It was Jessie’s moment. We’re thrilled we were able to help make it a little more special.”

“Literally as soon as we saw it on Tuesday … everybody on the Comcast and 72andSunny teams went into gear,” Rudnay said, with Kaplan adding, “We were ready, and it turned out better than we could’ve hoped for.”

How do you know someone at the Olympics is doping.

They wear T-shirts that say “I Don’t Do Doping.”

Also, they’re Russian athletes.

Bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva tested positive for a banned substance, the Associated Press reports.

Russian doctors said they prescribed the heart drug to her. Sergeeva denies taking trimetazidine.

She’s the second Russian tossed out of the games in a doping case that got Russia as a country thrown out. Instead, the athletes are competing under a “wink-wink” arrangement in which they play under the Olympic flag.

In the Quad Cities on the Iowa-Illinois border, a woman has become the first to wear a hijab while reporting full-time for a mainstream American TV station.

The Des Moines Register provides a profile today of Tahera Rahman, who moved from a producer’s job to an on-air role this month.

She hears people say “take that rag off your head all the time,” she tells the paper.

“Well I was born and raised here and I wear it,” she says. “So I am where I belong and you have to deal with it.”

“When people said it was going to be tough, I was just like, I know, but life is tough,” Rahman said. “People live in places where it is hard to even practice journalism in general. I live in America, and I was born and raised with the values of equality and democracy and hard work getting you to your dream, to the American dream.”

After her debut, a white supremacist blog posted her picture and personal phone number.

In her job search — in which news directors told her America isn’t ready to see a hijab-wearing woman on TV news — she said she was inspired by the election of Ilhan Omar to the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Tell me again about how America is not ready for this,” she thought at the time.

There will always be someone who will say the country isn’t ready for change. She says she knows what that really means.

“They’re scared,” she says.