Minnesota Native Takes Home First US Women's Cross-Country Ski Gold Medal

Jessica Diggins, left, of the United States, celebrates after winning the gold medal past Stina Nilsson, of Sweden, in the during women's team sprint freestyle cross-country skiing final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea Photo: AP/ Dmitri Lovetsky
Jessica Diggins, left, of the United States, celebrates after winning the gold medal past Stina Nilsson, of Sweden, in the during women's team sprint freestyle cross-country skiing final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea

February 21, 2018 07:30 AM

A Minnesota native took home a gold medal for a women's cross-county ski event at the the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Jessica Diggins, of Afton, along with Utah native Kikkan Randall, took home the gold for Team USA after the women's team sprint freestyle cross-country skiing final.

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With the win, Diggins and Randall became the first Americans to win an Olympic gold medal in a women's cross-country skiing event.

That brings the United States' medal total to six gold medals, three silver and six bronze.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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