Jessie Diggins to carry US flag at Closing Ceremony in PyeongChang

Jessie Diggins’ historic Olympic run isn’t over just yet.

After being selected by the rest of Team USA, Diggins will lead the United States and carry the Stars and Stripes at the Closing Ceremony on Sunday in PyeongChang.

Diggins, alongside Kikkan Randall, led the United States to its first ever cross-country ski sprint medal, thanks to Diggins’ last-second surge in the final stretch to fly past Sweden and win the gold medal by 0.19 seconds.

The medal is only the second for the United States in cross-country skiing in Olympic history and the first gold.

“I really thought there maybe had been a mistake,” Diggins said on the Today show. “It is so humbling, and I feel so honored to have been picked.”

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PARK CITY, UT - SEPTEMBER 27: Cross-country skier Jessie Diggins addresses the media during the Team USA Media Summit ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games on September 27, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
Cross-country skier Jessie Diggins poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Park City, Utah, U.S. September 27, 2017. Diggins listens to pop and dance music while she trains. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Athlete Jessie Diggins attends a press conference of the USA's cross-country team during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 7, 2018 in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / Florian CHOBLET (Photo credit should read FLORIAN CHOBLET/AFP/Getty Images)
Athlete Jessie Diggins (C) poses for a selfie with teammate Kikkan Randall (L) during a press conference of the USA's cross-country team before the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 7, 2018 in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / Florian CHOBLET (Photo credit should read FLORIAN CHOBLET/AFP/Getty Images)
Athlete Jessie Diggins attends a press conference of the USA's cross-country team before the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 7, 2018 in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / Florian CHOBLET (Photo credit should read FLORIAN CHOBLET/AFP/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 26: Cross country skier Jessie Diggins poses for a portrait during the Team USA PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics portraits on April 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - SEPTEMBER 27: Cross-Country Skier Jessie Diggins poses for a portrait during the Team USA Media Summit ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games on September 27, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
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The 25-year-old from St. Paul, Minnesota, is making her second appearance at the Olympics in PyeongChang and had four top-six finishes in the 2018 Games.

“This is such an incredible honor for me,” Diggins said in a Team USA release. “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.”

Luger Erin Hamlin was named the Team USA flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony in PyeongChang.

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