NBC announcer Chad Salmela, a cross country diehard painfully aware of the prolonged medal dearth, was stunned when Diggins crossed the finish line to claim gold in the women's team sprint freestyle event, collapsing in a crumpled heap of exhaustion immediately afterwards.
"Here comes Diggins! Here comes Diggins!," he screamed, his voice going hoarse. Finally, after it became apparent Diggins would clinch an upset victory, the cries became more emphatic: "Yes! Yes! Yes!" he roared.