Minnesotan Jessie Diggins helps US win 1st gold in women's cross-country skiing

United States' Jessica Diggins, left, and Kikkan Randall celebrate after winning the gold medal in the women's team sprint freestyle cross-country skiing final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) The United States has won its first Olympic gold medal in women's cross-country skiing.

The Americans posted the fastest time in the semifinals to start on the front row in the finals Wednesday. Jessie Diggins passed the Swedes and the Norwegians on the final lap to make history in a major upset.

Diggins and teammate Kikkan Randall are the first American women to win an Olympic medal and join Bill Koch as the only American cross-country skiers to earn an Olympic medal.

Koch picked up the silver medal in the men's 30km in Innsbruck, Austria, in 1976.

Sweden took silver.

Norwegian skier Marit Bjoergen and teammate Maiken Caspersen Falla won the bronze medal.

Bjoergen now has won 14 career medals at the Winter Olympic Games, passing Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjourndalen for the most ever.

The 37-year-old previously took gold in the women's 4x5-kilometer relay, silver in the 15-kilometer skiathlon and bronze in the 10-kilometer freestyle at Pyeongchang.