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Olympics 2018: U.S. women cross country skiers win historic gold medal

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It's a gold medal for Team USA's Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall in the women’s team sprint freestyle cross-country skiing final. 

The duo's accomplishment Wednesday in PyeongChang is historic.  They are the first women from the U.S. to ever medal in cross country skiing.  And the victory is also decades in the making.  The last time U.S. cross country skiers have even medaled at the Olympics was in 1976.  

This is 35-year-old Randall's fifth appearance at the Olympic games, and she is also the only mother on Team USA.  She had never placed higher at the Olympics than sixth place before Wednesday's gold medal performance with Diggins.  She has said she will retire after the 2018 Games. 

Diggins is 26-years-old and is from Afton, Minnesota.  She competed in the 2014 Sochi Games in the 15 kilometer skiathlon, finishing 8th.  In 2013, Diggins and Randall won the team sprint at the World Championships.   

Diggins and Randall beat Sweden for the gold by 0.19 seconds.  Norway took the bronze.

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