Diggins digs deep to end Randall's long wait for gold
- Author: Stacy Allen Feb 22, 2018,
Feb 22, 2018, 0:33
Diggins and Randall join Bill Koch among American cross-country skiers that have won Olympic medals.
Diggins and Randall captured gold in the women's team sprint at Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Center.
Randall and Diggins snared gold by a nose, with Diggins sprinting to the finish 0.19 seconds ahead of the Swedish team of Charlotte Kalla and Stina Nilsson, with whom they had been dueling for the entire race.
There's also snowboarding. Pushed forward a day because of predicted bad weather, the first finals of Olympic snowboarding will start with the women at 7:30 p.m. with the last run is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
Diggins, who had come agonizingly close to medaling in the 10-kilometer freestyle last week, refused to be denied this time. "That feeling of being able to cross the line and having Kikkan tackle me was the coolest thing ever", she added. But she redeemed herself Wednesday with a strong finish, surpassing her Norwegian competitors at the very end to clench the gold medal. "Kikkan Randall inspired a whole movement or youth skiers, and for her to win this medal alongside the future of the team and Jessie Diggins was incredible". "I'm really happy for them and I also think that it's important for our sport too that they are there".
Afton's Jessie Diggins smiles after finishing second in the first semifinal of the women's cross-country skiing sprint classic at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.
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. "And they're more confident than ever". "I got to see in 2013 when we won the world championships that a team gold is worth far more than any individual accolade", Randall said.