US Women Pull Off Major Olympic Upset

Lindsay Vonn takes bronze in final Olympic downhill
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2018 6:50 AM CST
Medalists in the women's downhill, from right, Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel, silver, Italy's Sofia Goggia, gold, and United States' Lindsey Vonn, bronze, pose during their medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter...   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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(Newser) – The American women's cross-country ski team pulled off a major upset in Pyeongchang Wednesday, winning gold in the team sprint—the first-ever medal for the US women's team. The only other American to win a cross-country ski medal was Bill Koch, who won silver in the 30-kilometer race in 1976, the AP reports. For Kikkan Randall on the American team, it was her first medal in 18 attempts, which Washington Post reporter Adam Kilgore tweets is an Olympic record. In other Olympics news:

  • New medal record. Marit Bjoergen and her Norwegian teammates took the bronze in Wednesday's team sprint race, giving her the record for most decorated Winter Olympian in history, the BBC reports. The 37-year-old's 14 medals include four from Pyeongchang, and she could still win one more.

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