United States captures first Olympic gold medal in women's cross-country skiing

United States captures first Olympic gold medal in women's cross-country skiing

United States captures first Olympic gold medal in women's cross-country skiing

He snagged a silver medal at the 1976 Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

Jessica Diggins, of the United States, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the during women's team sprint freestyle cross-country skiing final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. The skiers beat the Swedish team (Charlotte Kalla and Stina Nilsson) by 0.19 seconds over the 4.66-miles race, finishing at a brisk 16:22.56.

There's also snowboarding. Pushed forward a day because of predicted bad weather, the first finals of Olympic snowboarding will start with the women at 7:30 p.m. with the last run is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

"I think it's really nice to see Kikkan, who has had a really great career and was here last Olympics", she said. She also finished sixth in the classic sprint event.

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"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. But she redeemed herself Wednesday with a strong finish, surpassing her Norwegian competitors at the very end to clench the gold medal. Kikkan Randall and her teammate from Minnesota Jessie Diggins won gold in Pyeongchang in the cross-country team sprint. "That feeling of crossing the line and having Kikkan tackle me was the coolest thing ever".

"History was truly made tonight - the first Olympic medal for any American woman in cross-country", Nyman said.

The 35-year-old was given a place in the relay team ahead of younger prospects, and she used all her experience to keep cool under pressure.

"Randall still chokes up when she talks about Sochi", Emily Russell reported for NPR, in a recent profile about Randall. And the American team is deeper now.

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