STILLWATER, Minn. -- Afton's Jessie Diggins made history in PyeongChang, and no one was more excited to see her do so than her parents.
As Jessie ended her Olympic experience as Team USA's flag bearer Sunday, Clay and Deb Diggins joined other family members and friends at a closing ceremony watch party in Stillwater.
Her parents said they're still on cloud nine over her success. Jessie not only won the United States' first-ever cross-country skiing Olympic gold with teammate Kikkan Randall, she was also voted to serve as the flag bearer during the closing ceremony by her fellow Olympians on Team USA.
For Jessie, the success is bigger than her, her parents explained.
"Part of her goal is to really inspire the youth, that next generation of skiers, to get out and participate in one of the best sports on the planet," said her father Clay.
And they said they've enjoyed watching her accomplish so much.
"It never really felt like a sacrifice because we always said to Jessie, when you're that committed and willing to work that hard, we'll do whatever we need to support you," said her mother Deb. "So it's really been a fun journey together the whole way.
Diggins will get a big welcome home in Afton and potentially has another honor waiting for her back in Minnesota: Selma's Ice Cream Parlour in Afton is reportedly planning to release a special ice cream flavor in her honor.