U.S. Nordic Skiers Take World Cup Silver, Bronze

Medal winners shock the field

Jessie Diggins (pictured) took silver. She and Caitlin Gregg are the first American women to win a major championship medal in long-distance cross-country skiing. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)

Americans Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg became the first American women to medal in a major distance Nordic skiing championship after taking silver and bronze in the 10K freestyle race at the world championships in Falun, Sweden, on Tuesday, according to the AP. Charlotte Kalla of Sweden won gold.

The Americans were aided by an early start time and ideal skis for heavy snow that hampered later skiers.

“I was hoping for maybe top six if I had such an amazing day," Diggins told the AP. “When it started snowing, it was an opportunity, and I was able to take it and push so hard. When I crossed the finish line, I thought, ‘I’m going to die.’”

The typically dominant Norwegian team used skis that were ill-suited to the heavy conditions and failed to place a single skier in the top 20.

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