Jessie Diggins’ historic Olympic run isn’t over just yet.
After being selected by the rest of Team USA, Diggins will lead the United States and carry the Stars and Stripes at the Closing Ceremony on Sunday in PyeongChang.
— U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team (@usskiteam) February 23, 2018
Diggins, alongside Kikkan Randall, led the United States to its first ever cross-country ski sprint medal, thanks to Diggins’ last-second surge in the final stretch to fly past Sweden and win the gold medal by 0.19 seconds.
The medal is only the second for the United States in cross-country skiing in Olympic history and the first gold.
“I really thought there maybe had been a mistake,” Diggins said on the Today show. “It is so humbling, and I feel so honored to have been picked.”
The 25-year-old from St. Paul, Minnesota, is making her second appearance at the Olympics in PyeongChang and had four top-six finishes in the 2018 Games.
“This is such an incredible honor for me,” Diggins said in a Team USA release. “I’m really humbled and moved that the athletes voted for me. It’s so inspiring to feel the support and cheering from everyone. The coolest thing for me about the Games has been getting to meet other athletes on Team USA, and getting to cheer them on at their events and learn about what they do. I have so much respect and admiration for everybody here and am beyond honored to be able to lead us out of these Games.”
Luger Erin Hamlin was named the Team USA flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony in PyeongChang.
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