Afton glowing with hometown pride for Jessie Diggins' Olympic victory

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Jamie Anderson of the United States competes during the Snowboard - Ladies' Big Air Final Run 2 on day 13 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 22, 2018. "It's what I've been working on for 20 years and with this team for the last five years and wow".

Now that Diggins' tears are golden, she's not just inspiring the skiers. "Angela has set the bar high over the last eight years as she tirelessly advocated on behalf of athletes from all over the world, and Kikkan will no doubt further her legacy".

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 U.S. women's team. In the final, they were head to head with Sweden and Norway throughout the race.

"Around that final corner I felt like I was uncoiling a spring and letting it go", Diggins said.

The U.S. starters have not been announced, but Diggins likely will race in the two-person team sprint.

Retired Finnish ice hockey player Emma Terho (R) and the USA cross-country skier Kikkan Randall pose for a photo at the PyeongChang Athletes' Village in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, after they were selected as International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes' Commission members on February 22, 2018. And the victory is also decades in the making.

Jessie Diggins; Team USA - Olympic Gold Medalist "It's really special because this is our last time team sprinting together I wanted it to be a good one".

"We are screaming and jumping around and probably the neighbors are wondering what's going on?" said Kris Hansen, who was Diggins' cross country coach at Stillwater High School. "But for me the biggest thing was seeing the team and knowing that Kikkan was waiting for me at the finish line".

"Afton, we're being known nationally and I don't know internationally". Jenson will return to the US with a fifth place finish in Olympic slopestyle, up from 13th in Sochi, and having made the finals in big airs Olympic debut.

Terho received the most amount of votes with 1,045 and 831 athletes voted for Randall during an election held at the Winter Olympic Games here.

As it turned out, she did both. She also played a key role in establishing greater leadership engagement for athletes within the International Ski Federation (FIS). She gave birth to Breck in April 2016, and in her comeback season she claimed a bronze medal in the freestyle sprint at the World Championships.

It's at this point that the excitement builds as a medal for the U.S. is in their grasp.

"In the final stretch, I was just thinking go go go", Diggins added.

"... I couldn't imagine a better way to finish my career (than) to win a medal in a team event".