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

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

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

The last time an American won a medal in cross-country skiing was at the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

Randall and Diggins beat silver medalist Sweden by.19 seconds. The Americans covered the race's hilly 7.5 kilometers (4.66 miles) in 16:22.56. Randall fell on the snow to hug her. For the US, slopestyle gold medalist Jamie Anderson and 17-year-old Hailey Langland, who has won this event at the X Games, are strong contenders. On the final leg, Diggins had fallen back to third but sprinted home to pull off the victory. She also was sixth in the classic sprint.

"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.

"I can't believe it just happened", Diggins said.

Diggins, age 26, has plenty of skiing left, as her career is still in its relative infancy.

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A 42-year drought was over, and they wanted to share their joy with everyone.

"I'm very, very happy for Jessie and Kikkan today taking a gold medal", Bjoergen said. "That feeling of crossing the line and having Kikkan tackle me was the coolest thing ever". She is also one of the first women to compete in five Olympics, along with Kelly Clark, who is also in Pyeongchang. She finished fifth in the skiathlon, the 10-kilometer sprint and the 4x5k relay.

USA skiers Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall just made history two times over at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Wednesday.

"Randall still chokes up when she talks about Sochi", Emily Russell reported for NPR, in a recent profile about Randall. "America, they have been strong for years and growing a really good team, so they really deserve it". "And they're more confident than ever".

The U.S. hasn't won gold since the debut of the sport 20 years ago.

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