AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth

US Still In Contention For Cross-Country Skiing

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg, the 2014 silver medalist from Norway, finished fourth in her quarterfinal heat and failed to advance to the semifinals of the women's classic sprint.

Americans Jessie Diggins and Sophie Caldwell are still in contention and hoping to set a new benchmark for the United States. No American female has ever won an Olympic cross-country skiing medal.

Diggins appears to be the best hope. She had the second-best time in the quarterfinals, behind only Yulia Belorukova, an Olympic athlete from Russia.

Maiken Caspersen Falla, the gold medalist in the event in Sochi, was also among the 12 to qualify for the semis.