U.S. ends 42-year Olympic cross-country medal drought with historic gold

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

Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins teamed up to win gold in the women's sprint in a race where thrilling doesn't seem like a strong enough word.

History has been made for Team USA in South Korea.

Jessie Diggins celebrates as she crosses the line to win gold in the women's cross-country team sprint free at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 21, 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Randall has set the bar in USA cross country skiing, landing on the World Cup podium 29 times in her career. Koch took home the silver medal in the men's 30-kilometer race in Innsbruck, Austria, back in 1976.

Diggins, in an incredible 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.

ABC News contributor Steven Nyman, who competed in three Olympics for the United States and is friends with Randall and Diggins, became emotional watching the event.

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"I just felt unstoppable", she said.

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Diggins was so dominant that people were not predicting if she would win.

The finals was Diggins' fifth race of these Olympics. "What really kept me going over the last four years was trying to contribute toward a team medal". That moment put Diggins and Randall in the record books. It's what I've been working on for 20 years and with this team, for the last five years and ... wow.

"It's hard to understand, actually", Bjørgen, a medallist in all four events she has contested at Pyeongchang 2018, said.

"That feeling of being able to cross the line and have Kikkan tackle me was the coolest thing ever", Diggins said.

At the six-and-a-quarter-kilometer mark, the last exchange, the US was in third place, 0.75 seconds behind Norway.

Bjoergen, who already had won gold, silver and bronze at the Pyeongchang Games, said she was happy to see the Americans win this one. She won silver in the individual sprint.

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