The gold medal was also the first-ever U.S. Olympic medal in cross-country skiing in 42 years.
– My God, it’s absolutely unbelievable, Randall says to SVT Sport.
Randall and Dejens had to fight to keep up with Norway and Sweden pre-steered when the rest of the field fell. But when the trio entered the field for the first time, Dejens Falla overtook him and set his sights on Stena Nelson.
– On the last curve, I felt strong and gave absolutely everything I had. Diggins says the team competitions bring out my best.
Archive clip with Randall: “After 10-12 years I have reached the top”
Hug with Randall
Once he reached the finish line as an Olympic champion, there was a hug party with Randall, who finally won the Olympics at the age of 35, his fifth Olympiad.
– It was so interesting to see him! I was standing next to Charlotte (calla, red note) and we screamed when our colleagues got into the riots. It was great to see her cross the finish line and know we did it for our team.
Diggins / Randall had previously surprised them by taking the World Cup gold in the quick relay race at Val di Fiemme in 2013. At that time, Americas Charlotte Kalla and Ida Ingmarsdotter were overtaken by them.