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Kelly Clark and Kikkan Randall made history before they ever reached the mountains in South Korea.
They are the first two American women to make it to five Winter Games.
They took note of the moment at the opening ceremony Friday night.
The 35-year-old Randall has been setting the bar for Americans in cross country skiing for nearly two decades now.
She earned the first World Cup victory for an American woman and the first gold medal for the U.S. cross country team at a World Championships. Her eighth-place finish in the individual sprint at the 2010 Games is the best for an American woman at the Olympics.
Clark, meanwhile, burst onto the scene with a gold medal at the 2002 Olympics and has picked up two more bronzes since. Now 34, Clark calls her Olympic experience ``a snapshot of my personal growth.'' She and Japan's Tomoka Takeuchi became the first five-time female Olympic snowboarders this year.
``I can see with each Olympics how I've grown and developed as an athlete,'' Clark says.