This Minnesotan Just Won A Gold Medal at the Winter Olympics
While Norway continues to lead the overall medal count at the 23rd Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang, this Minnesotan just helped Team USA out by grabbing her first gold medal!
She's Jessie Diggins, a cross-country ski team member, just won Olympic Gold in the women's cross-country race. And it wasn't just her first gold medal, it was actually the first gold medal in women's cross-country in Team USA history.
Pretty cool stuff. And it all started here in the Bold North. According to the Team USA website, Diggins is from Afton and competed on the cross-country ski team while going to high school in Stillwater. And according to this AP story, Diggins-- and her two-person team partner, Kikkan Randal, were ecstatic at the win.
"That feeling of being able to cross the line and have Kikkan tackle me was the coolest thing ever," Diggins said in the story.
She now joins Bill Koch as the only other Team USA member to win gold in cross-country skiing. Koch was the only other American to win a medal in cross-country, taking home the silver medal at the 1976 Innsbruck Games, the story noted.
So, go Jessie! Way to make Minnesota proud!
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