Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Jesse Diggins named Team USA flag bearer for PyeongChang closing ceremonies

USA curling fans Bjoergen, American women make history at Winter Games
Edward Snyder | 26 February, 2018, 10:18

Gold medalist Jessie Diggins has been chosen to carry the flag for Team U.S. into the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Olympics.

The announcement was made Friday morning on the "Today" show.

"I am very proud of our performance, I was really digging deep today to get the power over the last 100 meters, but today United States of America was too strong and I really think they deserve the gold medal", Nilsson said.

"It feels unreal, I can't believe it just happened", Diggins told reporters.

Diggins went on to reveal the "coolest thing" about being at the Olympics.

Diggins is a two-time Olympian, who previously competed in Sochi in 2014. She's the first cross-country skier to carry the US flag into an Olympic ceremony since Bill Koch did the honors at Albertville's opening in 1992. Diggins will be the only USA cross-country skier to race in all six women's events.




"I have so much respect and admiration for everybody here and am beyond honored to be able to lead us out of these Games", Diggins said.

The 37-year-old Bjoergen was also all smiles after winning her fourth medal of the Pyeongchang Games.

Diggins surged past and thrust her ski across the line 0.19 seconds ahead of Nilsson.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - Jessie Diggins has one more big Olympic moment awaiting her.

Including the mixed wins, USA women have gold medals in seven events so far. It also marked a breakthrough for the U.S.in a sport ruled by Norway, Sweden and Finland.

The U.S. has 21 medals so far in and women have claimed 14 of them - 12 on their own, two others on mixed teams in figure skating. It ended a medal drought for the American women that dated to their Olympic cross-country debut at the 1972 Winter Games. Sunday's Olympic race will be in the classic technique.

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