2018 Olympic Games: His­toric Gold for U.S. Women

Amer­i­cans Kikkan Ran­dall and Jessie Dig­gins made his­tory on Feb. 21, as the dy­namic duo claimed the U.S.A.'S first Olympic gold medal in cross-coun­try ski­ing, win­ning the women's Team Sprint at Pyeongchang 2018. The vic­tory capped Dig­gins' fab­u­lous Games

SkiTrax - - Contents - by Noah Simms

Amer­i­can Jessie Dig­gins claimed a his­toric fifth-place fin­ish on the open­ing day of com­pe­ti­tion for cross-coun­try ski­ing at the Pyeongchang Win­ter Olympic Games. This re­sult in the 15km Skiathlon was the best-ever fin­ish for the Amer­i­can women’s team at the Olympics.

Early on, Dig­gins set­tled into the front pack led by the Nor­we­gian team, but was gapped by six sec­onds just be­fore the tran­si­tion zone. She nailed her ex­change with the fastest tran­si­tion time of the day and bat­tled to stay with the lead­ers over the sec­ond leg.

Swe­den’s Char­lotte Kalla launched a bold move two kilo­me­tres from the fin­ish line, shat­ter­ing the front pack of 10 skiers to win the gold. Yet Dig­gins kept charg­ing, rapidly mak­ing up time on her com­peti­tors, but ran out of snow be­fore she could reach the podium. Nor­we­gian Marit Bjo­er­gen fin­ished 7.8 sec­onds down to claim the sil­ver medal, as Fin­nish ath­lete Krista Par­makoski crossed the line close be­hind for the bronze.

Cen­drine Browne was the high­est-placed Cana­dian, fin­ish­ing 33rd, with Amer­i­can Caitlin Pat­ter­son was right be­hind in 34th. Other Amer­i­cans Kikkan Ran­dall and Dahria Beatty were 40th and 52nd, while their Cana­dian neigh-

bours Emily Nishikawa and Anne-marie Comeau placed 44th and 48th.

Feb. 11 – Men's 30km Skiathlon

Cana­dian Alex Har­vey started off his Olympic cam­paign with an eighth-place fin­ish at the Alpen­sia Cross-coun­try Cen­ter. He bat­tled cold, blus­tery con­di­tions dur­ing the men’s 30km Skiathlon for the best Olympic per­for­mance of his ca­reer, yet was dis­ap­pointed. He ex­plained in a post-race in­ter­view that he was in the per­fect place to chal­lenge for the sil­ver medal, but did not have the legs to fol­low through.

The Nor­we­gian team dom­i­nated early, set­ting up Si­men Hegstad Krueger for the race-win­ning move. He took off with three kilo­me­tres to go and never looked back, claim­ing the gold medal. His team­mates Martin John­srud Sundby and Hans Chris­ter Hol­und raced home for the sil­ver and bronze, se­cur­ing the podium sweep for Nor­way.

Scott Pat­ter­son was the top Amer­i­can, plac­ing 18th, just over a minute back, while his team­mate Erik Bjornsen was 42nd. Cana­di­ans Devon Ker­shaw and Graeme Kil­lick came in 36th and 45th.

Feb. 13 – Men's Clas­sic Sprint

An­other windy, cold day met the skiers, but that did not stop Jo­hannes Hoes­flot Klaebo from Nor­way be­com­ing the youngest Olympic cham­pion, win­ning the men’s Clas­sic sprint. The 21-year-old qual­i­fied 0.19 sec­onds be­hind Ris­tom­atti Hakola of Fin­land, but that was the last time he fin­ished sec­ond, win­ning the quar­ter­fi­nals, semi­fi­nals and fi­nals to take home the gold medal. Italy’s Fred­erico Pel­le­grino and Olympic Ath­letes of Rus­sia’s (OAR) Alexander Bol­shunov set­tled for sil­ver and bronze.

Canada’s Len Val­jas orig­i­nally qual­i­fied 26th, but de­liv­ered a stel­lar sev­enth-place fin­ish. The 29-year-old placed third in the fourth quar­ter­fi­nal heat, but was deemed the “Lucky Loser” and moved onto the semi­fi­nals. In the next round, he fin­ished third again, but was not as lucky and was knocked out of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Simi Hamil­ton led the U.S. men, fin­ish­ing 20th af­ter a quar­ter­fi­nal crash; his team­mate Erik Bjornsen made the heats as well, but did not ad­vance past the quar­ter­fi­nals. Canada’s Har- vey missed qual­i­fy­ing by less than a half-sec­ond and placed 32nd, fol­lowed by fel­low Canuck Jesse Cock­ney in 35th. The U.S.A.’S Andy Newell was 37th, his team­mate Reese Han­ne­man fin­ished 51st, fol­lowed Canada’s Russell Kennedy in 55th.

Feb. 13 – Women's Clas­sic Sprint

The U.S. had a fan­tas­tic day in the women’s Clas­sic sprint, plac­ing three ath­letes inside the top-12. Dig­gins led the way, fin­ish­ing sixth, while So­phie Cald­well and Sadie Bjornsen placed eighth and 12th.

In the fi­nal, Swe­den’s Stina Nils­son es­caped the front group and gained some se­ri­ous time on the de­scent and solo’ed away for the win. Maiken Caspersen Falla of Nor­way and OAR’S Yu­lia Belorukova sprinted it out for the fi­nal podium spots, with Falla tak­ing the sil­ver.

Dig­gins’ day started well af­ter she set the sev­enth-best qual­i­fy­ing time, ad­vanc­ing to the heats. She then fin­ished sec­ond in both the quar­ter­fi­nals and semi­fi­nals, earn­ing her place in the fi­nal. Al­though not chal­leng­ing for a podium, Dig­gins was still stoked on her im­prove­ment from the pre­vi­ous sea­son.

“If you had told me a year ago that ti I would ld make k the th Olympic Ol i Clas­sic Cl i fifi nals, I never would have be­lieved you,” said Dig­gins in a post-race in­ter­view.

The Cana­dian con­tin­gent did not qual­ify for the heats, with Nishikawa, Beatty and Browne fin­ish­ing 34th, 42nd and 51st re­spec­tively. U.S.A.’S Sar­gent placed 33rd.

Feb. 15 – Women's 10km Freestyle

Per­fect weather con­di­tions met the ath­letes on the sixth day of com­pe­ti­tion at the 2018 Win­ter Olympics. Nor­way’s Ragn­hild Haga put 20 sec­onds on Swe­den’s Kalla to win the gold medal in the women’s 10km Freestyle. Two bronze medals were awarded to Par­makoski of Fin­land and Bjo­er­gen of Nor­way af­ter their photo fin­ish was deemed a tie. This was Bjo­er­gen’s 12th Nordic-ski­ing Olympic medal, putting her in all-time sec­ond place.

Amer­i­can Dig­gins had an­other fan­tas­tic race, fin­ish­ing fifth, un­der four sec­onds be­hind the podium. She skied amongst the top skiers for most of the day and was only dis­tanced in the clos­ing kilo­me­tres. In the end, she was ec­static with her per­for­mance, know­ing she skied her best, and was not dis­ap­pointed for be­ing so close to an Olympic medal.

Fel­low Amer­i­cans Sadie Bjornsen and Ran­dall were 15th and 16th, with Liz Stephen in 30th. Nishikawa was the top Cana­dian in 32nd, fol­lowed by Beatty in 37th, Browne in 43rd and Comeau in 61st.

Feb. 16 – Men's 15km Freestyle

Dario Cologna of Switzer­land made his­tory in the men’s 15km Freestyle, be­com­ing the first man to win three Olympic ti­tles in same event. He fin­ished 18.3 sec­onds ahead of Krueger of Nor­way, who took his sec­ond medal of the Games af­ter win­ning gold in the men’s Skiathlon. OAR’S De­nis Spitsov rounded out the podium in third.

Cana­dian Har­vey nailed his sec­ond top-10 of the Pyeongchang Win­ter Games, fin­ish­ing sev­enth. The Que­bec na­tive crossed the line 35 sec­onds be­hind Cologna and just 12 off the podium, but had no re­grets. He be­lieves that he left ev­ery­thing out there and was happy with the re­sult. Af­ter two great races in the En­durance events, Har­vey con­tin­ued his medal search in the up­com­ing re­lay and 50km race.

Har­vey was es­pe­cially ex­cited for Cologna, com­pli­ment­ing his con­sis­tency and tech­ni­cal abil­ity. The Swiss skier also joined an ex­clu­sive club of four-time Olympic gold medal­ists from Switzer­land af­ter he won the men’s 15km Freestyle.

The U.S.A.’S Scott Pat­ter­son had a strong day, fin­ish­ing 21st, fol­lowed by Canada’s Kil­lick in 38th, with U.S.A.’S Erik Bjornsen 41st and Noah Hoff­man 48th, Canada’s Knute Johns­gaard 69th and Ker­shaw 71st and U.S.A.’S Tyler Korn­field in 74th.

Feb. 17 – Women's 4x5km Re­lay

Team USA fin­ished fifth in the women’s 4x5km re­lay for their best-ever Olympic re­lay re­sult, but the day be­longed to Nor­way. Swe­den took home the sil­ver, hit­ting the line ex­actly two sec­onds be­hind Nor­way, while the OAR earned the bronze medal at the Alpen­sia Cross Coun­try Ski­ing Cen­tre. Team Canada ended up 13th.

The U.S. team com­posed of Ran­dall, Cald­well, Dig­gins and Sadie Bjornsen fin­ished 1:20.5 off Nor­way’s gold-medal time.

Cald­well led off for the Amer­i­cans, but the pace was bru­tal, as the OAR, Slove­nia and Nor­way quickly gapped the field, with Swe­den and Fin­land chas­ing hard.

Ran­dall picked up the pace in the third leg and moved Team USA into sixth with strong ski­ing, but the gap to the lead­ers was unas­sail­able. On the fi­nal leg, Dig­gins dug deep and moved the U.S.A. into fifth, as Canada’s Comeau took over for Browne to fin­ish 13th. At the front, Swe­den’s Nils­son was no match for Nor­way’s vet­eran Bjo­er­gen, who put the ham­mer down on the fin­ish­ing straight for the gold.

Feb. 18 – Men's 4x10km Re­lay

Team Canada ral­lied to a ninth-place fin­ish in the men’s 4x10km re­lay, as Nor­way claimed the gold. The OAR took home the sil­ver, with France cel­e­brat­ing a hard-earned bronze. Team USA strug­gled, fin­ish­ing 14th.

Kaza­khstan’s Alexey Poltoranin set the fastest time on the open­ing leg, with OAR in sec­ond and Italy third. Cana­dian Val­jas handed off to Kil­lick in 10th, while U.S.A.’S Newell tagged Han­ne­man in 12th.

The OAR built up a 24-sec­ond lead as Italy, France and Nor­way chased. Kil­lick put Canada in sev­enth, while Han­ne­man strug­gled, drop­ping the U.S.A. to 14th.

Kennedy put Canada in ninth over the third leg, hand­ing off to Johns­gaard for the fi­nale. Nor­way and France were lead­ing with Klaebo and Adrien Back­shei­der, but were soon caught by OAR’S Spitsov. Back­shei­der was quickly dropped, as Klaebo made the win­ning move with just a lit­tle more than one kilo­me­tre to go. Spitsov took the sil­ver and Back­shei­der the bronze. Johns­gaard crossed the line in ninth for Canada.

Feb. 21 – Women's Team Sprint

Dig­gins from Aton, Minn. and Ran­dall from An­chor­age, Alaska made his­tory at the 2018 Pyeongchang Win­ter Games, win­ning Team Sprint gold and bring­ing home the U.S.A.’S first-ever Olympic women’s cross-coun­try-ski medal.

The dy­namic duo re­peated their his­toric gold-medal per­for­mance from the Nordic World Cham­pi­onships at Val di Fiemme, Italy back in 2013 – an­other first – as they made his­tory again, only this time on the Olympic stage.

In the heats, Nor­way won the open­ing semi­fi­nal, with Switzer­land in sec­ond. Dig­gins and Ran­dall won their heat ahead of Swe­den.

In the gold-medal event, Nor­way, Swe­den and the U.S. gapped the rest of the field by 20 sec­onds. The race came down to a fi­nal sprint to the line be­tween Nils­son and Dig­gins, with the Amer­i­can catch­ing and pass­ing the Swede just be­fore the line for the his­toric vic­tory. Swe­den’s Kalla and Nils­son won the sil­ver, with Nor­way’s Bjo­er­gen and Falla tak­ing the bronze. The Cana­dian pair­ing of Nishikawa and Beatty did not qual­ify, fin­ish­ing sev­enth in their first heat.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the US Team camp when the cel­e­bra­tions erupted. The win capped an amaz­ing Games for Dig­gins with two fifth-place fin­ishes and it was ic­ing on the cake of Ran­dall’s amaz­ing ca­reer, as the triple Sprint Cup globe win­ner re­tired at the sea­son’s end.

Feb. 21 – Men's Team Sprint

Team USA’S Erik Bjornsen and Hamil­ton raced to a strong sixth-place fin­ish, claim­ing the best Olympic re­sult ever for the U.S. in men’s cross-coun­try ski­ing. Canada’s Val­jas and Har­vey fin­ished eighth.

The gold medal was taken by Nor­way’s Sundby and Klaebo over OAR’S Bol­shunov and Spitsov. France’s Mau­rice Man­i­fi­cat and Richard Jouve won bronze.

In the fi­nal, the Amer­i­cans were in con­tention, but a mishap by Erik Bjornsen saw him hit the snow, though he re­cov­ered quickly and tagged Hamil­ton in fifth for the fi­nal leg. Nor­way’s Klaebo at­tacked on the fi­nal lap, and by then, it was a three-horse race, with Hamil­ton bat­tling Italy be­hind.

Canada fared well through the first half of the fi­nal, but couldn’t main­tain the pace as things heated up. The Canucks bat­tled with Fin­land and pre­vailed for eighth on the day.

Klaebo dom­i­nated his first Olympic Win­ter Games, tak­ing three gold medals in Pyeongchang 2018. At only 21 years of age, the Nor­we­gian has a long ca­reer ahead of him.

Feb. 24 – Men's 50km Clas­sic

Canada’s Har­vey took home his best Olympic re­sult, fin­ish­ing fourth in the men’s epic 50km Clas­sic, but it was bit­ter­sweet for the Canuck, who hoped to se­cure a his­toric medal at his fi­nal Olympic Win­ter Games.

Amer­i­can Scott Pat­ter­son de­liv­ered a stel­lar re­sult for the U.S.A., claim­ing 11th, the best-ever fin­ish for Team USA in the men’s 50km, but the day be­longed to Fin­land’s Iivo Niska­nen. The skier de­liv­ered his coun­try’s first Olympic gold at the Pyeongchang 2018.

He took charge, set­ting a chal­leng­ing pace with an early break­away that proved to be the win­ning move. OAR’S Bol­shunov bridged up to Fin­land’s Niska­nen, who was be­ing chased by Kaza­khstan’s Poltoranin. Bol­shunov passed Poltoranin and took the lead from Niska­nen, but in the end, he set­tled for the sil­ver, as Niska­nen re­gained the lead on a long down­hill.

Bol­shunov’s team­mate An­drey Larkov es­caped from the chas­ing group that in­cluded Canada’s Har­vey and Nor­way’s Sundby to claim the bronze. Har­vey out­sprinted Sundby for fourth.

Canada’s Ker­shaw broke a pole early on, but re­cov­ered to fin­ish 26th in the points, fol­lowed by team­mate Kil­lick in 27th. Amer­i­can Hoff­man was 33rd, Korn­field was 48th and Canada’s Kennedy fin­ished 49th.

Feb. 25 – Women's 30km Clas­sic

The U.S.A.’S Dig­gins wrapped up her stel­lar Win­ter Olympics at Pyeongchang with a strong sev­enth-place fin­ish in the Olympic women’s 30km Clas­sic Mass Start in warm con­di­tions. Nor­way’s Bjo­er­gen took a de­ci­sive vic­tory to se­cure a record eighth gold medal at the Games. In do­ing so, Bjo­er­gen tied coun­try­men cross-coun­try skier Bjorn Dahlie and biath­lete Ole Ei­nar Bjorn­dalen for most gold medals won at the Olympic Win­ter Games, and has also earned a record 15 Games medals.

Amer­i­can Sadie Bjornsen fin­ished 17th, while An­chor­age na­tives Rosie Frankowski and Caitlin Pat­ter­son were 21st and 26th. The top Cana­dian was Nishikawa in 30th, with Browne 43rd, while Comeau did not fin­ish.

Dig­gins suf­fered a first-lap crash, but re­cov­ered quickly, fight­ing back to the top-10 and fin­ish­ing off a his­toric Win­ter Olympics for the U.S. women’s squad.

In­di­vid­u­ally, it was Dig­gins’ best Games, capped by the Team Sprint gold with Ran­dall, which was the U.S.A.’S first women’s medal in cross-coun­try ski­ing. She was an­nounced as the Team USA flag-bearer for the Clos­ing Cer­e­mony at the Pyeongchang Olympic sta­dium. Re­sults on page 49

Feb. 10, 2018 Women’s Skiathlon (7.5km CL + 7.5km FR 1. Char­lotte Kalla (SWE) 40:44.9; 2. Marit Bjo­er­gen (NOR) 7.8; 3. Krista Par­makoski (FIN) 10.1; CAN/US 5. Jessie Dig­gins (USA) 14.7; 33. Cen­drine Browne (CAN) 3:17.0; 34. Caitlin Pat­ter­son (USA) 3:30.0; 40. Kikkan Ran­dall (USA) 4:02.3; 44. Emily Nishikawa (CAN) 4:31.7; 48. Anne-marie Comeau (CAN) 4:57.9; 52. Dahria Beatty (CAN) 5:32.4; 58. Rosie Bren­nan (USA) 6:51.1.

Feb. 11, 2018 Men’s Skiathlon (15km CL + 15km FR) 1. Si­men Hegstad Krueger (NOR) 1:16:20.0; 2. Martin John­srud Sundby (NOR) 8.0; 3. Hans Chris­ter Hol­und (NOR) 9.9; CAN/US 8. Alex Har­vey (CAN) 33.4; 18. Scott Pat­ter­son (USA) 1:07.5; 36. Devon Ker­shaw (CAN) 3:35.3; 42. Erik Bjornsen (USA) 4:34.7; 45. Graeme Kil­lick (CAN) 5:19.6; 51. Pa­trick Cald­well (USA) 6:58.1; 54. Noah Hoff­man (USA) 7:08.7; 62. Knute Johns­gaard (CAN) lapped.

Feb. 13, 2018 Men’s Sprint Clas­sic1. Jo­hannes Hoes­flot Klaebo (NOR) 3:05.75; 2. Fed­erico Pel­le­grino (ITA) 1:34; 3. Alexander Bol­shunov (OAR) 1.36; CAN/US 7. Len Val­jas (CAN); 20. Simi Hamil­ton (USA); 25. Erik Bjornsen (USA); 32. Alex Har­vey (CAN); 35. Jesse Cock­ney (CAN); 37. Andy Newell (USA); 42. Lo­gan Han­ne­man (USA); 54. Russell Kennedy (CAN); Women’s Sprint Clas­sic 1. Stina Nils­son (SWE) 3:03.84; 2. Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR) 3.03; 3. Yu­lia Belorukova (OAR) 3.37; CAN/US 6. Jessie Dig­gins (USA) 11.23; 8. So­phie Cald­well (USA); 14. Sadie Bjornsen (USA); 33. Ida Sar­gent (USA); 34. Emily Nishikawa (CAN); 42. Dahria Beatty (CAN); 51. Cen­drine Browne (CAN).

Feb. 15, 2018 Women’s 10km Free Free 1. Ragn­hild Haga (NOR) 25:00.5; 2. Char­lotte Kalla (SWE) 20.3; 3. Marit Bjo­er­gen (NOR) 31.9; CAN/US 5. Jessie Dig­gins (USA) 35.2; 15. Sadie Bjornsen (USA) 1:42.1; 16. Kikkan Ran­dall (USA) 1:49.9; 30. Liz Stephen (USA) 2:35.4; 32. Emily Nishikawa (CAN) 2:41.0; 37. Dahria Beatty (CAN) 2:48.4; 43. Cen­drine Browne (CAN) 3:11.9; 62. Anne-marie Comeau (CAN) 4:10.8.

Feb. 16, 2018 Men’s 15km Free 1. Dario Cologna (SUI) 33:43.9; 2. Si­men Hegstad Krueger (NOR) 18.3; 3. De­nis Spitsov (OAR) 23.0; CAN/USUS 7. Alex Har­vey (CAN) 35.5; 21. Scott Pat­ter­son (USA) 1:44.1; 38. Graeme Kil­lick (CAN) 2:39.4; 41. Erik Bjornsen (USA) 2:44.7; 48. Noah Hoff­man (USA) 3:01.3; 69. Knute Johns­gaard (CAN) 4:04.6; 71. Devon Ker­shaw (CAN) 4:17.6; 74. Tyler Korn­field (USA) 4:34.0.

Feb. 17, 2018 Women’s 4x5km Re­lay 1. Nor­way (Ingvild Flugstad Oest­berg, Astrid Uhren­holdt Ja­cob­sen, Ragn­hild Haga, Marit Bjo­er­gen) 51:24.3; 2. Swe­den (Anna Haag, Char­lotte Kalla, Ebba An­der­s­son, Stina Nils­son) 2.0; 3. Olympic Ath­letes from Rus­sia (Natalia Nepryaeva, Yu­lia Belorukova, Anas­ta­sia Se­dova, Anna Nechaevskaya) 43.3; CAN/US 5. USA (So­phie Cald­well, Sadie Bjornsen, Kikkan Ran­dall, Jessie Dig­gins) 1:20.5; 13. Canada (Dahria Beatty, Emily Nishikawa, Cen­drine Browne, Anne-marie Comeau) 4:50.3.

Feb. 18, 2018 Men’s 4x10km Re­lay 1. Nor­way (Didrik Toenseth, Martin John­srud Sundby, Si­men Hegstad Krueger, Jo­hannes Hoes­flot Klaebo) 1:33:04.9; 2. Olympic Ath­letes from Rus­sia (An­drey Larkov, Alexander Bol­shunov, Alexey Cher­votkin, De­nis Spitsov) 9.4; 3. France (Jean-marc Gail­lard, Mau­rice Man­i­fi­cat, Cle­ment Parisse, Adrien Backschei­der) 36.9; CAN/US 9. Canada (Len Val­jas, Graeme Kil­lick, Russell Kennedy, Knute Johns­gaard) 3:41.0; 14. USA (Andy Newell, Reese Han­ne­man, Scott Pat­ter­son, Noah Hoff­man) 9:24.2.

Feb. 21, 2018 Men’s Team Sprint Free 1. Nor­way (Martin John­srud Sundby, Jo­hannes Hoes­flot Klaebo) 15:56.26; 2. Olympic Ath­letes from Rus­sia (De­nis Spitsov, Alexander Bol­shunov) 1.71; 3. France (Mau­rice Man­i­fi­cat, Richard Jouve) 2.02; CAN/US 6. USA (Erik Bjornsen, Simi Hamil­ton) 20.72; 8. Canada (Len Val­jas, Alex Har­vey) 35.60; Women’s Team Sprint Free 1. USA (Kikkan Ran­dall, Jessie Dig­gins) 15:56.47; 2. Swe­den (Char­lotte Kalla, Stina Nils­son) 0.19; 3. Nor­way (Marit Bjo­er­gen, Maiken Caspersen Falla) 2.97; CAN 6. 13. Canada (Emily Nishikawa, Dahria Beatty) 38.98.

Feb. 24, 2018 Men’s 50km Mass-start Clas­sic 1. Iivo Niska­nen (FIN) 2:08:22.1; 2. Alexander Bol­shunov (OAR) 18.7; 3. An­drey Larkov (OAR) 2:37.5; CAN/US 4. Alex Har­vey (CAN) 2:43.6; 11. Scott Pat­ter­son (USA) 4:52.1; 26. Devon Ker­shaw (CAN) 9:27.3; 27. Graeme Kil­lick (CAN) 10:06.7; 33. Noah Hoff­man (USA) 10:42.0; 48. Tyler Korn­field (USA) 16:14.4; 49. Russell Kennedy (CAN) 16:54.5.

Feb. 25, 2018 Women’s 30km Mass-start Clas­sic Marit Bjo­er­gen (NOR) 1:22:17.6; 2. Krista Par­makoski (FIN) 1:49.5; 3. Stina Nils­son (SWE) 1:58.9; CAN/US 7. Jessie Dig­gins (USA) 3:37.2; 17. Sadie Bjornsen (USA) 6:32.6; 21. Rosie Frankowski (USA) 8:53.8; 26. Caitlin Pat­ter­son (USA) 10:26.0; 30. Emily Nishikawa (CAN) 12:14.1; 43. Cen­drine Browne (CAN) 19:06.3.

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Kikkan Ran­dall (l) and Jessie Dig­gins made his­tory and cel­e­brate the U.S.A.'S first Olympic gold medal in cross-coun­try ski­ing, win­ning the women's Team Sprint at Pyeongchang 2018.

The U.S.A.'S Jessie Dig­gins at the fin­ish women's Team Sprint to claim his­toric Olympic gold.

Canada's Alex Har­vey took home four top-10 re­sults, but fell short of his goal to win an Olympic medal.

Cana­dian Len Val­jas took home a stel­lar 7th-place fin­ish in the men's Clas­sic sprint.

The U. U.S.A.'S S.A.' s Simi Hamil­ton took home a record 6th- 6th-place place fin­ish in the men's Team Sprint with Erik Bjornsen.

Ame­rian Erik Bjornsen bat­tled to a record 6th-place re­sult with Simi Hamil­ton in the men's Team Sprint. Scott Pat­ter­son raced to a best-ever 11th-place fin­ish for Team USA in the men's 50km Clas­sic fi­nale.

Switzer­land's Dario Cologna won a his­toric men's 15km FR, be­com­ing the first man to win three Olympic ti­tles in same event.

Nor­way's Jo­hannes Hoes­flflflot Hoes­flot Klaebo dom­i­nated his first Olympic Win­ter Games, claim­ing three golds.

Nor­way's Marit Bjo­er­gen won her eighth gold for a record 15 Olympic Games medals.

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