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Winter Olympics 2018: Skiier finally wins gold on 18th attempt

Winter Olympics 2018: Skiier finally wins gold on 18th attempt Winter Olympics 2018: Skiier finally wins gold on 18th attempt
Lora Ball | 25 February, 2018, 05:16

Diggins dug deep, remembering all the years of training she had put in, and of all her teammates waiting for her at the finish line to bring home the United States' first medal ever in women's cross-country skiing - and then she let loose.

Last night, Randall and teammate Jessie Diggins made history by winning the first Olympic medal in cross-country skiing for US women (team sprint).

Diggins made the team as a seventh grader and skid with them until she graduated. "... I've learned as much from them as I hope they've learned from me, and it's really what really motivated me to go for this fifth Olympics".

"Every year she comes and spends one or two workouts with us which we really appreciate", said Siri Bohacek, Hansen's daughter and current member of the Stillwater team.

By the time the fifth lap arrived, Randall had developed her own strategy.

It was approximately 4 a.m.in Minnesota when Jessie Diggins made a final pass to help her cross-country relay team win gold in South Korea.

Randall did just that, staying with the lead pack of three as they pulled away from the rest of the group.

American skier David Wise threw down a dominant run when he needed it, defending his Olympic gold medal as the Americans went 1-2 in the final.

That's when she mentally switched gears, sensing this could be a historic night.

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Jessie Diggins and partner Kikkan Randall won the women's team sprint freestyle race.

BC-OLY-XXC-American History, 3rd Ld-Writethru, 856Drought over: USA women win 1st Olympic cross-country medalAP Photo OLYCC117, OLYCC116, OLYCC115, OLYCC114, OLYCC105, OLYCC148, OLYCC, OLYCC124, OLYCC123, OLYCC128, OLYCC129Eds: Fixes typo in "were" in 18th paragraph. Hard to tell if that's due to a lack of development programs, interest, or PED's (or a little of everything), but we just haven't been that good in the cross-country realm, especially on the Olympic stage.

Holly thought her team had a chance at a medal at in Sochi, but says the intense pressure to make history may have got to them.

The crowd in the grandstand was on its feet, sensing history, and at that moment Diggins said she felt "unstoppable". I've come back surprisingly strong.

Diggins screamed as she crossed the finish line, setting off a huge celebration for the red, white and blue.

"I personally I look up to her because she's an awesome female role model", said Amelia Brower.

"That feeling of crossing the line and having Kikkan tackle me was the coolest thing ever", Diggins said.

Diggins' father, Clay Diggins, called her daughter's last 300 meters "pure determination, pure guts".

The team of Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs captured a silver medal in the two-woman bobsled, marking the fifth time in as many Winter Games the United States of America has medaled in the event.

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