Stina Nilsson Wins Gold Medal for Cross-Country Olympics 2018 Individual Sprint
Sweden’s Stina Nilsson won gold going away in the ladies’ cross-country sprint classic final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Tuesday.
Norway’s Maiken Caspersen Fallas, who won gold in the sprint at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, nabbed silver, while Yulia Belorukova of the Olympic Athletes from Russia secured bronze.
Here’s a look at the final results:
- Gold: Stina Nilsson (Sweden) – 3:03.84
- Silver: Maiken Caspersen Falla (Norway) – 3:06.87
- Bronze: Yulia Belorukova (Olympic Athletes from Russia) – 3:07.21
- 4. Natalia Nepryaeva (Olympic Athletes from Russia) – 3:12.98
- 5. Hanna Falk (Sweden) – 3:15.00
- 6. Jessie Diggins (United States) – 3:15.07
Simply put, Tuesday’s run represented redemption for Nilsson.
The 24-year-old entered the sprint final with the nickname "Silver Stina" after she captured three silver medals at the 2015 World Championships, and she added to that tally in 2017 with a silver in the four-by-five-kilometer relay.
However, Nilsson was deprived a chance of making a run for gold in the sprint at last year’s World Championships when she crashed out in the semifinals.
Tuesday, she didn’t have that problem.
Nilsson was the front-runner in qualifying all day, and she dominated en route to Sweden’s first-ever medal in the ladies’ classic sprint, according to the Olympic Channel.
Nilsson has now won two Olympic medals, after previously taking home bronze in the team sprint four years ago.
Falla also managed her second piece of Olympic hardware, although she may be disappointed with silver considering she entered the day as defending gold medalist and world champion.
The United States’ lone hope for a medal was Jessie Diggins, who looked sharp in her semifinal run and appeared poised to take aim at the podium.
However, Diggins ran out of gas and trailed for the entirety of the final run. She finished sixth and failed to become the first woman in American history to medal in cross-country skiing.
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February 13, 2018 at 05:04AM