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Olympic Update: Diggins Chosen To Carry U.S. Flag at Closing Ceremony


Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) was selected to lead the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team into Sunday's Closing Ceremony as flag bearer, as announced today by the United States Olympic Committee. Diggins was chosen by a vote of fellow members of Team USA.

A two-time Olympian, Diggins made history at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 along with teammate Kikkan Randall, winning Team USA’s first-ever medal for women in cross-country skiing as the pair captured the gold medal in the freestyle team sprint. Diggins powered through the finish, outlasting the team from Sweden in a near-photo finish, winning the Olympic title by 0.19 seconds. It marked the second medal for the U.S. in cross-country skiing in Olympic history, with the first – a silver – won in 1976.

“This is such an incredible honor for me,” said Diggins. “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.”

In addition to Diggins’ gold medal-winning performance, she also posted four top-six finishes in these Games. Earlier in her career, Diggins was part of the first American team to win a world cup team sprint event, and she and Randall became the first U.S. cross-country skiers to win a world championship gold medal.

Alpine Team Event Debuts Saturday

Team USA has announced the six athletes who will start in the Olympic debut of the alpine team event at the Yongpyong Alpine Center. The starters are:
Men: David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, Colo.), Mark Engel (Truckee, Calif.), Nolan Kasper (Warren, Vt.)
Women: Megan McJames (Park City, Utah), Tricia Mangan (Buffalo, N.Y.), Alice Merryweather (Hingham, Mass.)
The alpine team event starts at 11:00 a.m. KT Saturday / 9:00 p.m. EST Friday.
Alpine Team Event
Start List Ladder

Patterson, Kornfield, Hoffman To Start 50K Classic

Scott Patterson (Anchorage, Alaska) Tyler Kornfield (Anchorage, Alaska) and Noah Hoffman (Aspen Colo.) lead Team USA into the final men’s cross country event, the individual 50k classic, Saturday 2:00 p.m. KT / 12:00 a.m. EST.

Mack, Corning, Gerard Advance to Big Air Medal Round

Kyle Mack (West Bloomfield, Mich.), Chris Corning (Silverthorne, Colo.) and Red Gerard (Silverthorne, Colo.) advanced to the medal round in big air competition at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Center.  Ryan Stassel (Anchorage, Alaska) finished 13th in qualifying heat 2 and did not advance to the finals.
The medal round is scheduled for Saturday, 10:00 a.m. KT / 8:00 p.m. EST Friday.
Men’s big air finals

Muss, Trapp For Parallel Giant Slalom
Aaron Muss (Rumson, N.J.) and Michael Trapp (Hyannis, Mass.) will represent Team USA in parallel giant slalom qualifying Saturday, 9:30 a.m. KT / 7:30 p.m. EST Friday.
Men’s Parallel giant slalom

*All times EST.

8:00-11:00 p.m. - Alpine team event, big air snowboarding (live), men's parallel GS snowboarding.

12:30-4:00 p.m. - Medal Ceremony, men's 50k classic mass start (live)

Olympic Channel: Home Of Team USA
12:30-1:00 p.m. - Winter Olympics Daily with Jimmy Roberts

NBCOlympics.com - Live Streaming
8:00-9:45 p.m. - Men's big air snowboarding (Saturday)
9:00-10:55 p.m. - Alpine team event (Saturday)
10:00-11:30 p.m. - Parallel giant slalom snowboarding (Saturday)

3:00-6:00 p.m. - Men's 50k classic mass start

Olympic Channel: Home Of Team USA
5:00-7:00 a.m. - Medal Ceremony (live)

NBCOlympics.com - Live Streaming
11:00 p.m.-3:05 a.m. - Men's 50k classic mass start

3:15-5:20 p.m. - Women's 30k classic mass start
7:00-8:00 p.m. - Olympic Gold recaps the PyeongChang Winter Games
8:00-10:30 p.m. - Closing Ceremony

2:00-4:00 a.m. - Women's 30k classic mass start

NBCOlympics.com - Live Streaming
1:15-3:20 a.m. - Women's 30k classic mass start
6:00-8:30 a.m. - Closing Ceremony

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