USA Wins First Olympic Gold Medal in Women's Cross Country

USA Wins First Olympic Gold Medal in Women's Cross Country

USA Wins First Olympic Gold Medal in Women's Cross Country

It's Day 12 of the Winter Olympics and a big Wednesday night ahead for the United States women's hockey team as it faces Canada in the gold medal game with a 10:45 p.m. (EST) start.

Diggins passed Norway's Marit Bjoergen, the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time, on the final lap and out-sprinted Sweden's Stina Nilsson to the finish.

Anchorage's Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins win gold in the women's team sprint Wednesday.

Sweden took silver and Norway finished with a bronze, which allowed Bjoergen to secure her record 14th medal in the Winter Games.

Randall and Diggins join Bill Koch as the only American skiers to win cross-country Olympic medals.

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Diggins and Kikkan Randall produced the race of their lives, clocking 15.56.47 to leave their Scandinavian rivals battling it out for silver and bronze.

Before today, the United States had never won a women's medal in cross country skiing, and had never won a gold medal. Diggins screamed as she crossed the finish line, setting off a huge celebration for the red, white and blue.

They had previously teamed up in 2013, when they won the world championship in the team sprint event.

The Americans won their semifinal heat to reach the final. With plans firmly in place to retire and make a new home with her family after the 2018 Games, it seemed possible that Randall, 35, might see her career end without an Olympic medal.

As we mentioned in our profile of the U.S. Olympic team, Randall is the only mother on Team USA.

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