LILLEHAMMER, Norway - World Champion Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) anchored a strong U.S. team made up of Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, Alaska), Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, Wash.) and Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, Vt.) to take third in the 4x5K relay and match the best-ever World Cup result for any U.S. cross-country relay team.
Heavy snow hammered the 1994 Olympic course, but Randall was able to give the team a solid start in the podium hunt.
"I'm really psyched that we got a medal," Diggins said. "I think our team skied great. I'm so proud of my teammates, both teams, all eight of us. But I was really mad at myself because I think we could have gotten silver. I think silver was mine to lose for us and I managed to fall. I'm not proud of that. I am psyched that we were able to get another medal, tying our best result ever. I think this bodes really well for Sochi. I need to just work on my downhills. That said, this was a great race for us and I'm really proud."
Norway I won the relay. Next weekend the World Cup moves to Davos, Switzerland, where the men and women will race a 30K/15K freestyle distance race and a freestyle sprint.