Olympics first: Team USA wins historic medal in cross-country skiing

Bradie Tennell of the United States falls while performing during the women's short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung South Korea Wednesday Feb. 21 2018

They beat runner-up Sweden.

The U.S. hasn't won gold since the debut of the sport 20 years ago. It was also the first ever gold medal for Team USA in cross-country skiing.

Afton's Jessie Diggins smiles after finishing second in the first semifinal of the women's cross-country skiing sprint classic at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

Bjoergen won her 14th medal at the Winter Games by taking bronze with her Norwegian teammates on Wednesday in the team sprint.

They did it in thrilling fashion, too. Diggins lunged at the finish line 0.2 seconds ahead of Sweden's Stina Nilsson. Kikkan Randall is there at the finish and runs out to Diggins, who collapses onto the snow.




Their win also ends a 42-year medal drought for the US. The 37-year-old previously took gold in the women's 4×5-kilometer relay, silver in the 15-kilometer skiathlon and bronze in the 10-kilometer freestyle at Pyeongchang.

"It feels unreal; I can't believe it just happened", Diggins said. "I am in the best shape of my life right now. That feeling of being able to cross the line and having Kikkan tackle me was the coolest thing ever", she added.

Watch Jessie Diggins' awesome finish as Team USA wins a historic cross-country gold.

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.

"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.

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