Diggins was tackled by her teammate, Kikkan Randall, after the event, the duo rolling around in euphoric disbelief.
The medal was a long time coming, especially for Randall, who'd been a part of the US team at every Olympics since the Salt Lake City Games in 2002.
"I got to see in 2013 when we won the world championships... that team gold is worth far more than any individual accolade," the 35-year-old Randall told CBS. "What really kept me going over the last four years was trying to contribute toward a team medal. To do it with Jessie one more time is just amazing."
While Diggins and Randall bask in the long-awaited glory, it's probably time for Salmela to gargle some salt water.