Jessie Diggins wins historic cross-country gold

US skiers Jessie Diggins, Kikkan Randall stun field for historic cross-country gold

Diggins, in an fantastic run, came from the third position on the final lap to pass Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla on the last big downhill and Sweden's Stina Nilsson on the final sprint to win by less than two-tenths of a second.

While finally winning a gold medal with Diggins in the team-sprint free final - after 18 tries throughout the Olympic competitions since Salt Lake City in 2002 - this was Randall's fifth and last Olympics, according to NPR.

Diggins brought home the gold with a brilliant final sprint to the finish line.

Randall and Diggins edged out Sweden and Norway to capture the historic gold in a blazing time of 15:56.47 - 26 seconds faster than their semi-final time.

Well set up by teammate Charlotte Kalla, Sweden's Nilsson and Norway's Falla clashed as they approached the stadium for the final time, and skis touched again as Diggins sought a lane from which to make her push for glory.

Diggins and Randall have been building toward this moment for years, since they teamed up to win gold at the 2013 world championships.

And Randall says their big win still doesn't feel real.

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

Considering how much they each did to build up the sport, it's incredibly appropriate they are the first two American women to wear gold for cross country.

'It's a dream come true for her and a dream come true for the US cross-country skiing team, ' Diggins's mother Deb told Reuters.

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