Monday, 17 December, 2018

Minnesotan Closing Ceremonies Flag Bearer

Jamie Westnedge and students in the cross-country equipment room Jamie Westnedge and students in the cross-country equipment room
Frederick Owens | 25 February, 2018, 04:40

Gold medalist Jessie Diggins has been chosen to carry the flag for Team U.S. into the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Olympics. She and teammate Kikkan Randall made history during this year's games by winning Team USA's first-ever medal for women in cross-country skiing, taking the gold in the team spring (freestyle) event.

We look forward to seeing Diggins rep the United States during the closing ceremony.

The closing ceremonies get underway Sunday at 7 p.m. Randall is 35 and this was her fifth and final Olympics.

"I just felt unstoppable", Diggins said.

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Randall won her first Olympic medal in her 18th event , setting a new record for most events before claiming a medal. None of them have captured individual medals yet, but it's just a matter of time before they do.


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Diggins held off the challenge of Sweden's Stina Nilsson in a furious sprint for the line to win gold and Norway's Marit Bjoergen became the most successful winter Olympian of all time with 14 medals after taking bronze with Maiken Caspersen Falla. She will lead the American delegation into Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium just hours after competing in the final event of the Games, the 30-kilometer mass start classic.

This becomes the first time women have been picked as USA flagbearers for both the opening and closing of an Olympics since 2004, when basketball's Dawn Staley led the Americans into the Athens Games and soccer's Mia Hamm carried the flag out.

The medal earned by Diggins and Randall is only the second ever for the U.S.in Olympic cross-country racing, coming 42 years after Bill Koch's silver at the 1976 Innsbruck Games. She also was sixth in the classic sprint. It ended a medal drought for the American women that dated to their Olympic cross-country debut at the 1972 Winter Games.

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