2018 Pyeongchang Olympics
Winter Olympics: Skiers Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins win first-ever U.S. gold medal in cross country
American skiers have not traditionally excelled at cross country events at the Olympics — it is called Nordic skiing for a reason — and in fact, only one American had medaled in cross country before Wednesday — Bill Koch, who took the silver at Innsbruck in 1976. But on Wednesday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Americans Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins won, and it was gold.
Randall and Diggins beat Sweden by 0.19 seconds, and Norway picked up the bronze 3 seconds later. Diggins had fallen behind in the final leg, USA Today reports, but she sprinted her way to the narrow and historic victory.
Including this medal, Team USA has six golds and 14 total medals, putting it in 5th place overall, behind Norway, Germany, Canada, and the Netherlands.