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American Women Just Won Their First-Ever Cross Country Medal

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Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Jessie Diggins started the final lap in third place in the women’s cross country team sprint event—and finished it .19 seconds ahead of the second-place Swedish skier. The gold medal she and teammate Kikkan Randall won was America’s first ever podium finish in women’s cross country skiing.

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The only other time any American medaled in cross country skiing was when Bill Koch took silver 42 years ago. This is 35-year-old Randall’s fifth (and probably final) Olympics. The 18 events she competed in before medaling tonight sets an Olympic record.

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