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US Wins First Cross-Country Gold Ever

Jessica Diggins (left) and Kikkan Randall celebrate winning their gold medal in the women's cross-country team sprint free final at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. Five years ago, Team USA won gold in the women's team sprint at the world championships with Diggins and Randall.

"In the final stretch I was just thinking, "go, go, go - I'm giving it everything I had and I've got someone who I really love and care about waiting for me at the finishing line and I just want to make her proud", Diggins said.

Norwegian skier Marit Bjoergen won the bronze with team-mate Maiken Caspersen Falla.

Full report to follow.

"We talked a lot about if we won a medal at the Olympics, it was going to be a team medal - whether you were on the snow that day or not - because everybody had worked together and pushed each other and believed in this", said Randall, her cheeks painted with the letters United States of America and red, white, and blue stars.

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

Team USA's Erik Bjornsen and Simi Hamilton took 3rd in the men's cross-country sprint relay semifinals, qualifying for the team sprint finals.

Then it was a matter of putting all of her own energy into the finish - and Diggins said that when she saw Randall at the finish line, "I was so excited and so happy, and also I couldn't feel my legs".

It's the first-ever Olympic cross-county gold medal for the United States and the first-ever Olympic medal in the sport for US women.

Norway's victory secured a third gold medal of Pyeongchang 2018 for Klaebo, who also tasted victory in the sprint classic and 4x10km relay. "But it's probably been a blessing in disguise because it's made us work harder over the last four years and it makes today even more special". "It was really hard to select the team today".

"That feeling of being able to cross the line and have Kikkan tackle me was the coolest thing ever", Diggins said.

In the team sprint event on Wednesday, it came down to Norway, Sweden, and ... the United States.

After the race, Bjoergen, who like Randall started her Olympic career in 2002, said she might not fully comprehend her medal total until she is retired.

In that story, which ran at the start of the Pyeongchang Games, Diggins told Russell, "We definitely have a chance at a medal". She won silver in the individual sprint.

Through the first four women's events in PyeongChang, Diggins was close - oh, so close.

"Olympic champions, they are so worth it", the Swede said.

Falla's bronze was her second of these Olympics.

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