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Nick Goepper takes dating contest winner out in New York (photos)

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Kent State senior Annie Rogers‘ first trip to New York was a memorable one, beginning with a Cadillac Escalade pickup from the airport and including two days with Olympic bronze medalist Nick Goepper.

Rogers, “just a normal Ohio girl,” won a social media contest for a date with the slopestyle skier Goepper last month. They met Saturday in New York and spent much of the weekend in Midtown.

On Saturday, they went to the Broadway show “After Midnight,” featuring Vanessa Williams, with dinner to follow at Empire Steak House, which boasts a signature dry-aged Porterhouse for two. They also went to a New York Rangers game and sat a few rows behind the visiting Ottawa Senators bench.

On Sunday, they visited Central Park, ate lunch at the Italian restaurant Buca di Beppo, went to a Mets game and ate at another Midtown restaurant.

Rogers said she and Goepper, an Indiana native who trains in Colorado, will stay in touch and hope to meet up again this summer.

“I hope people know Nick is such a great guy,” Rogers said. “He’s exactly as he comes off in interviews — laid back, friendly. I can’t think Nick enough. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my first time in the city.”

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Diggins, Randall win historic gold medal for U.S. in cross-country

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The long, long wait is over.

Team USA ended their 42-year Olympic medal drought in cross-country skiing Wednesday and they made American cross-country history in the process.

Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall became the first American cross-country skiers to capture a gold medal by winning the women’s team sprint at the Alpensia Cross-Country Centre in PyeongChang, South Korea. Sweden captured silver and Norway took home bronze.

Diggins and Randall are the first American women to win an Olympic medal and join Bill Koch as the only American cross-country skiers to earn an Olympic medal.

The Americans advanced to the finals courtesy of their first place finish in the semifinals, beating Sweden and OAR in the process.

Diggins out-sprinted both the gold and silver medalists of the individual sprint (Stina Nilsson and Maiken Falla, respectively) in the final stretch to take the gold.

Results

Gold: Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins (USA)

Silver: Charlotte Kalla and Stina Nilsson (SWE)

Bronze: Marit Bjoergen and Maiken Falla (NOR)

Click here for a full recap of Team USA’s historic run

Czech Republic advance to medal round with shootout win vs. United States

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Petr Loukal scored the lone shootout goal as the Czech Republic defeated the United States and advance to the medal round.

Jan Kolar and Tomas Kundratek scored in regulation, while Pavel Francouz made 18 saves and stopped all five shootout attempts.

Ryan Donato scored his tournament-leading fifth goal, and Jim Slater added a shorthanded goal as the Olympics come to an end for the United States.