Yesterday afternoon the U.S. Nordic Combined team capped off a really fun day with a podium of their own in the 4 by 5km relay. They took third for the first Nordic Combined World Championship relay medal ever for the U.S. As you can imagine we had a great celebration last night. There was a cake for Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins:
The hotel staff provided the cake. They are as happy as we are.
I got to take a picture with the World Champions (Kikkan left, Jessie right).
The hotel has made a little shrine at the front desk to the medalists:
Of course we all went to the medals ceremony last night. We had a huge contingent there:
We were treated to a dance show before the awards:
Nordic Combined awards were first. France won, Norway was second and the U.S. was third.
It is always awesome to see a U.S. flag on a World Championship awards ceremony.
The U.S. team was (from left to right) Todd Lodwick, Billly Demony, Taylor Fletcher and Bryan Fletcher.
Then it was Kikkan and Jessie’s turn.
Not a lot to say about this besides to reiterate how inspiring it is to see.
They were pretty excited:
Lastly, here’s a look at the men’s podium of Russia, Sweden and Kazakhstan: