USA ends 42-year Olympic cross-country medal drought with incredible photo finish

Jonathan Hernandez
February 22, 2018

USA's Jessica Diggins, left, and Kikkan Randall react after winning gold in the women's cross country team sprint free final during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 21, 2018.

Diggins, who narrowly missed the podium several times this Olympics, dug deep in the final sprint to catch race leader Stina Nilsson of Sweden, and surged past her at the line to win by 0.19 seconds.

Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins beat runner-up Sweden to win the women's team sprint freestyle event. On Wednesday, the United States finally won its first medal.

The medal is the first for a U.S. Olympic cross-country team since Vermont's Bill Koch won a silver in 1976.

Diggins brought home the gold with a brilliant final sprint to the finish line.

The finals was Diggins' fifth race of these Olympics.

The Americans won gold in the team sprint Wednesday at the PyeongChang Games.

"It feels unreal; I can't believe it just happened", Diggins said.

Randall kept the Americans in the hunt on her final leg, handing over to Diggins for the sixth and final lap which was raced at a furious pace as the lead changed hands several times.

'What really kept me going over the last four years was to try and contribute to a team medal here, and to do it here with Jessie one more time, it's awesome'.

'It's a dream come true for her and a dream come true for the US cross-country skiing team, ' Diggins's mother Deb told Reuters.

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