Diggins Just Seconds Away From A Medal
Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) finished fifth in the women's 10k freestyle Thursday afternoon at the Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Center.
Diggins was in contention for a medal, positioned in third place at the 6.2km and 8.4km intervals, but fell back over the final portion of the race to finish 3.3-seconds away from a podium finish.
“To be that close and to ski with the best in the world is so awesome and I could not have gone any harder, I don’t know where I would have found those seconds,” Diggins said. “I pushed my body way past my limit and that’s a really good feeling to know I gave it my all and I am really proud of my race.”
The gold medal was won by Norway's Ragnhild Haga. Charlotte Kalla of Sweden took the silver, while Marit Bjoergen of Norway and Krista Parmakoski of Finland tied for the bronze.
Team USA's Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, Wash.) was 15th; Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, Alaska) 16th; and Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, Vt.) was 30th.