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United States wins first-ever Olympic medal in women's cross-country

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Frederick Owens | 22 February, 2018, 00:35

Diggins passed the Swedes and the Norwegians on the final lap to win the first Olympic gold medal for the United States in the sport.

The Americans won gold in the team sprint Wednesday at the PyeongChang Games.

After Diggins reached out her foot to cross the line ahead of Nilsson, she fell to the ground and was tackled by Randall, which she called the most awesome feeling in the world.

Randall had never finished higher than sixth place at the Winter Games, dating to her first Olympics back in 2002 in Salt Lake City - a string of 18 attempts, counting Wednesday's start.

The pairing of Diggins, 26, and Randall, 35, proved a winning combination. She also gave birth to her son, Breck, in April 2016.

"I am very proud of our performance, I was really digging deep today to get the power over the last 100 meters, but today US was too strong and I really think they deserve the gold medal", Nilsson said.

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Diggins, of Minnesota, made her Olympic debut in Sochi four years ago, placing eight in the individual skiathon. "I'm giving it everything I had, and I've got someone who I really love and care about waiting for me at the finishing line, and I just want to make her proud".

"I'm very, very happy for Jessie and Kikkan today taking a gold medal", Bjoergen said.

Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins beat runner-up Sweden to win the women's team sprint freestyle event.

Diggins collapsed after crossing the finish line, and Randall rushed over to her teammate, embracing her as she lay exhausted on the snow.

Randall is also the only mother on Team USA competing at Pyeongchang.

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