Published: Mon, February 26, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Jessie Diggins selected as United States flag bearer for closing ceremony

Jessie Diggins selected as United States flag bearer for closing ceremony

Cross-country gold medalist Jessie Diggins has been voted by her fellow Team USA athletes to be the US flag bearer during Sunday's Winter Olympics closing ceremony.

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

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

Diggins was chosen by a vote from fellow members of Team USA. Diggins will be the only US cross-country skier to race in all six women's events.

The medal earned by Diggins and Randall is only the second ever for the Olympic cross-country racing, coming 42 years after Bill Koch's silver at the 1976 Innsbruck Games. Numerous most spectacular moments by Americans in Pyeongchang came from women's events, including the hockey team winning a shootout to finally beat Canada for gold and, of course, Diggins' dive to victory.

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Gold medalist Jessie Diggins to be closing ceremony US flagbearer

The two-time Olympian joins a list of former closing ceremony flag-bearers that includes Dan Jansen, Bonnie Blair and Eric Heiden.

"Jessie's breakthrough performances here in Pyeongchang have been inspirational and historic, and her success is representative of years of teamwork and determination from all our athletes", U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said.

American women have clearly led their country's gold rush in Pyeongchang.

Diggins held off the challenge of Sweden's Stina Nilsson in a furious sprint for the line to win gold and Norway's Marit Bjoergen became the most successful winter Olympian of all time with 14 medals after taking bronze with Maiken Caspersen Falla.

She lives in Stratton, Vermont, and trained at the Stratton Mountain School.

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