Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins made history during the women’s cross country skiing today during the team sprint freestyle race at the Pyeongchang Games, winning the first gold medal in the sport since 1976 when Bill Koch took home the silver. Randall and Diggins were ecstatic for the win but commentator Chad Salmela seemed to be more excited. In fact, he nearly lost it.
In the final nail-biting moments of the race, Salmela was doing commentary alongside Steve Schlanger. What started off as normal excitement turned into a screamfest of wild pandemonium.
“They’re all completely gassed!” Salmela exclaimed “They’ve given it everything on the klaebo bakken. Stina Nilsson leading Jessie Diggins into the final turn. Can Diggins answer?”
At first, I thought he was making up words, but it turns out that a “klaebo bakken” is a steep hill named after Norwegian skier Johannes Klaebo who has conquered the incline during the games.
He then went from excitement to full-out, vocal-bruising screaming as Diggins made the final stretch and with each screeching “YES!” he nearly blew a gasket. Watch the video below…and make sure you turn your volume up.
Here are some reactions from around the Internet of Salmela enthusiasm.