American cross-country skiers capture gold in women's team sprint

Posted at 6:36 AM, Feb 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-21 06:45:30-05

American skiers Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins made history Wednesday by winning Olympic gold in women's team sprint in cross country skiing.

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The Americans defeated runner-up Sweden by .19 seconds. 

Norway won bronze.

The victory meant Team USA ended their 42-year Olympic medal drought in cross-country skiing.  NBC Olympics reports that Diggins and Randall are the first American women to win an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing.

Before their win on Wednesday, Bill Koch was the only American cross-country skier to earn an Olympic medal. Koch won silver in the men's 30km in 1976 in Innsbruck, Austria.

Tokyo Olympics Medal Count as of late July 31, 2021