The two American women won a cross-country skiing world championship gold medal in the team sprint.
Diggins passed the Swedes and the Norwegians on the final lap to make history in a major upset. She also finished sixth in the classic sprint event. Medal droughts live in.
The finals was Diggins' fifth race of these Olympics.
Diggins was so dominant that people were not predicting if she would win.
With that, the long wait was over. Diggins, who narrowly missed the podium several times this Olympics, dug deep in the final sprint to catch race leader Stina Nilsson of Sweden, and surged past her at the line to win by 0.19 seconds.
With just a few meters to the finish, Diggins out sprints Nilsson, earning gold by two tenths of a second.
Americans Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall, the only mom athlete on Team USA, made history on Wednesday by winning gold in the women's team sprint cross-country event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
"It feels unreal, I can't believe it just happened", Diggins told reporters. It's what I've been working on for 20 years and with this team, for the last five years and ... wow.
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"Wow, it's just so fun to put it together tonight, finally".
Diggins, of Afton, completed the come-from-behind win, passing Sweden in the home stretch to take the top spot. She has multiple gold medals from World Cup races but has had her eyes on an Olympic medal since Sochi four years ago. So it is fitting that their first Olympic medal came in a team event. What do you say when you've just won your team's first gold medal?
This moment has been one in the making, especially with the women.
"I got to see in 2013 when we won the world championships. that team gold is worth far more than any individual accolade", the 35-year-old Randall said. Heading into PyeongChang, expectations were higher.
"It's hard to understand, actually", Bjørgen, a medallist in all four events she has contested at Pyeongchang 2018, said.
"When Jessie crossed the line, I looked over to the scoreboard and I saw United States No. 1 and I just let out a big scream and ran over and tackled Jessie", recalled Randall at a press conference afterward. "America, they have been strong for years and growing a really good team, so they really deserve it".
Diggins, who had come agonizingly close to medaling in the 10-kilometer freestyle last week, refused to be denied this time.
The bronze medal was Bjorgen's 14th Olympic medal, breaking the tie with fellow Norwegian and the King of Biathlon, Ole Einar Bjoerndalen.