One of the iconic moments for Team USA in these Pyeongchang Olympics was Jessie Diggins pushing down the stretch during the women’s team sprint to earn America’s first-ever cross country gold medal.
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So, it’s fitting that Diggins ended the Olympics by carrying the American flag in Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremonies.
Here’s five things that you need to watch on the final day of the Winter Olympics:
Historic Gold Medalist Carries the Red, White and Blue
Jessie Diggins captured the United States' first-ever women’s cross-country skiing medal when she and teammate Kikkan Randall won gold in the freestyle team event. The 26-year-old was the first cross-country skier to carry the U.S. flag in the Winter Games’ closing ceremonies.
"I actually thought there maybe had been a mistake. I was like, 'What? I can’t believe this,'" Diggins said on the "Today" show. "It is so humbling, and I feel so honored to have been picked."
Some of the star power was in the stands, where President Donald’s Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, will lead the U.S. delegation. She also attended the bobsled final.
The opening ceremony spotlight was on the mysterious Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, who was dubbed "North Korea's Ivanka." Will the real Ivanka Trump be able to seize some of that limelight?
As for entertainment, expect K-pop stars CL and the boy band EXO. Not to mention the commentary by figure skating and fashion experts Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski.
Watch the closing ceremony Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC10 or on digital platforms here.
Or, if you are an early bird, watch the closing ceremony live (natural sound only) at 6 a.m. ET on digital platforms here.
OAR Defeats Germany in OT, Takes Home Men's Hockey Gold
Olympic Athletes from Russia beat Germany in overtime in the men’s hockey gold-medal game Sunday at Gangneung Hockey Centre. The score was 3-3 after the third period, and Kirill Kaprizov scored the last goal for OAR in sudden death, helping his team take home the gold.
The medal is Russia’s third in men’s hockey, following a silver in 1998 and a bronze in 2002. The nation won nine medals, seven gold, as the Soviet Union and took gold again when it played as the Unified Team at the 1992 Albertville Games.
But because of a doping scandal that impacted the country’s entire Olympic program, the Russian national team has been banned from these Olympics — hence the Olympic Athletes from Russia name. If they beat Germany, the Russian flag will not be raised, and the Russian national anthem will not play. .
They face a surprising German team in the gold medal match. The Germans upset Canada in the semifinals, 4-3.
The Russians haven’t needed upsets to reach the finals. After losing to Slovakia 3-2 in its opening game, the Russians won four consecutive games by a combined score of 21-3, including a 6-1 win over Norway in the quarterfinals and a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic in the semifinals. In pool play, the Russians beat the United States, 4-0.
Watch live on NBCSN at 10:30 p.m. ET Saturday or on digital platforms here.
#GarlicGirls Trend as an Internet Meme, Fall in Final
South Korea’s curling team headed into the final against Sweden riding the culmination of a surprise winning streak.
Dubbed the “Garlic Girls” for their hometown’s locally grown garlic, they are a phenomenon not just on the ice, but on social media, too, where fans search for their nicknames and distinctive eyewear.
Unfortunately, the Girls fell to Sweden in the women's curling final. Sweden beat them for the gold, 8-3.
No, We Haven't Had Enough Figure Skating!
The Winter Games celebrated one of its best-loved events Saturday night with the figure skating exhibition gala, an unscored event that allows men and women skaters to stop worrying so much about which blade they landed that triple axel on and show off the beauty of the sport.
Skating exhibitions can be a lot of fun to watch. Without the pressure of competition, the moves are looser and more experimental. In the 1994 gala in Lillehammer, figure skater Surya Bonaly showed off her completely awesome, and very illegal in skating, backflip-to-one-blade move. (And then she pulled the same move in competition in 1998 at the Nagano games.)
In this year's event, Spanish skater Javier Fernández brought down the house with a workout-themed routine that featured multiple costume changes. Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, celebrating two gold medals and becoming the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history, skated a gorgeous routine to a song by The Tragically Hip.
Unfortunately, the gala did NOT see the return of the Prince of Pyeongchang, Pennsylvania's own Adam Rippon, who finished 10th in the men's competition.
Rippon was not invited to the gala, according to published reports. This is a shame; he shines in exhibitions. In 2017, at the Grand Prix exhibition gala, he skated to -- and sang -- Rhianna's "Diamonds."
The only U.S. skaters who participated were Alex and Maia Shibutani, the "Shib Sibs," who won bronze in ice dance.
Norway's 'Iron Lady' Takes Home 8th Gold in Cross Country
Norway’s "Iron Lady" Marit Bjoergen took home her second gold in the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang Sunday for Women’s 30km Cross Country Skiing.
Bjoergen, 37, made her Olympic debut in 1999 and Sunday’s gold is her eighth gold medal in the Winter Olympics.
Bjorergen stayed in the lead most of the one hour and 22 minutes that it took for her to complete the course. Finland’s Krista Parmakoski took home the silver, finishing nearly two minutes behind Bjorergen. And Stina Nilsson took home the bronze for Sweden.