Jessie Diggins will carry the flag for the U.S. at closing ceremony

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- This has been a good week for Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins.

On Wednesday night, they became the first U.S. women to earn a medal in cross-country skiing, winning the team sprint free. The next day, Randall was elected as an athlete representative on the International Olympic Committee.

Friday, it was Diggins' turn for more good news as her teammates selected her to serve as flag-bearer for the American squad in the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Games.

"This is such an incredible honor for me," Diggins said. "I'm really humbled and moved that the athletes voted for me."

The two-time Olympian joins a list of former closing ceremony flag-bearers that includes Dan Jansen, Bonnie Blair and Eric Heiden.

"Jessie's breakthrough performances here in Pyeongchang have been inspirational and historic," U.S. Olympic Committee Chief Executive Scott Blackmun said.

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The closing ceremony is scheduled for Sunday night at Olympic Stadium.

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