PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Jessica Diggins’ strategy couldn’t have worked any better.
The result was a historic gold medal for the United States in women’s cross-country skiing and a celebration that lasted well into the night.
The American team of Diggins and Kikkan Randall set out Wednesday night to win the country’s first Olympic medal in the sport since 1976 and the first of any kind for the US women’s team. But their thoughts turned to something even more special as the race wore on.
“Lap one we were skiing a little more conservative and I thought, ‘OK there are too many people, I am going to start to string it out,” Diggins said.