Alaskan Kikkan Randall wins Olympic Gold!


Olympics history was made in South Korea on Wednesday when two American athletes became the first to score a gold medal for the cross-country skiing.

On the final lap, 26-year-old Jessie Diggins passed Norway's Marit Bjoergen, the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time, and then out-sprinted Sweden's Stina Nilsson to the finish line.

Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins combined to win the women's team sprint at the PyeongChang Winter Games.

Sweden took home the silver medal and Norway won the bronze.

To put the victory in perspective, the United States had never won a medal of any kind in women's cross-country skiing prior to the race.

Bill Koch, who won a silver medal at the 1976 Innsbruck Games, is the only other American to medal in the event.

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

The Americans held the fastest time in the semifinals, allowing them to start on the front row for the finale.

With just a few meters to the finish, Diggins out sprints Nilsson, earning gold by two tenths of a second.

These are Randall's fifth and final Olympics.

"It feels unreal, I can't believe it just happened", Diggins told reporters.

"I am very proud of our performance, I was really digging deep today to get the power over the last 100 metres, but today United States of America was too strong, and I really think they deserve the gold medal", Nilsson said. Diggins has won more world championship medals than any US cross-country skier in history, and Randall is a veteran who returned the USA team to relevance after it had languished short of the medal podium for years. She is also one of the first women to compete in five Olympics, along with Kelly Clark, who is also in Pyeongchang.