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Jessie Diggins selected as United States flag bearer for closing ceremony

Jessie Diggins Florian Choblet AFP Getty Images ‘‘This is such an incredible honor for me,’’ US cross-country skiier Jessie Diggins said
Nellie Chapman | 24 February, 2018, 13:05

Cross-country skier Jessie Diggins was selected to lead the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team into Sunday's Closing Ceremony.

When we spoke with Diggins just prior to her arrival in Pyeongchang, she told us that her Olympic success would be measured on effort.

She got it when she and Jessie Diggins took the gold in the team sprint.

Much like the opening ceremony, the closing ceremony will feature all 91 countries (92 including Russia), with a flag bearer for each country.

Diggins lunged for the finish line, picking up the win by just 0.19 seconds in one of the Games' most exhilarating endings.

Catch Jessie Diggins leading the United States delegation in the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony, hosted by Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir on NBC on Sunday, February 25 at 8 p.m. ET.

"I am very proud of our performance, I was really digging deep today to get the power over the last 100 meters, but today US was too strong and I really think they deserve the gold medal", Nilsson said. "It is so humbling, and I feel so honored to have been picked".

Winning an Olympic medal was the last major goal left for the Anchorage skier, the only mother on the USA cross-country team.

Retiring luge star and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin carried the US flag into the opening of the Pyeongchang Games two weeks ago. 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.

American women have clearly led their country's gold rush in Pyeongchang.

Diggins held off the challenge of Sweden's Stina Nilsson in a furious sprint for the line to win gold and Norway's Marit Bjoergen became the most successful winter Olympian of all time with 14 medals after taking bronze with Maiken Caspersen Falla.