Jessie Diggins bringing home cross-country skiing gold

by Steven Clarke February 22, 2018, 0:33
Jessie Diggins bringing home cross-country skiing gold

Randall, of Alaska, is ending on a career high, earning the gold medal in her fifth and final Olympics.

Sweden and Norway were hot favorites for yet another gold medal in women's cross-country skiing and the Nordic nations were at the head of the pack for nearly the entire race.

Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall took first place in the women's freestyle team sprint.

Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins broke a 42-year Olympic drought for the U.S. in cross country skiing with the pair winning gold in the women's team sprint freestyle in Pyeongchang.

Diggins, of Afton, completed the come-from-behind win, passing Sweden in the home stretch to take the top spot.

ABC News contributor Steven Nyman, who competed in three Olympics for the United States and is friends with Randall and Diggins, became emotional watching the event.

The gold medal is the first in USA history in cross country, and you'd need to go back to the Innsbruck Games in 1976 to find a US medal of any kind in cross country skiing.

This story will be updated.

And Randall says their big win still doesn't feel real.

The race paired Diggins, who has won more world championship medals than any USA cross-country skier in history, with Randall, the veteran whose success made the Americans contenders after years of futility.

"Being so close to medals so many times this week, I knew I was in good shape and I knew it could happen", Diggins told NBC.

The gold medal is especially significant for Diggins, who raced in four other events in Pyeongchang but fell short of the podium each time. But Diggins pulled ahead, pushing her left ski over the finish line just 0.19 seconds before Nilsson. She also gave birth to her son, Breck, in April 2016.

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