Bjoergen Goes Out a Winner, Record-setter
February 25, 2018
Norway's Marit Bjoergen won her fifth medal in PyeongChang and increased her own world-best records, winning her eighth career gold medal and 15th overall. In her fifth and final Olympics, she went out in style by winning the 39-kilometer mass start cross-country ski race, besting silver medalist Krista Pamrakoski of Finland by nearly two minutes.
Bjoergen was so far ahead that then-second place Teresa Stadlober of Austria took a wrong turn, heading right instead of going left. She righted herself but ended up in ninth place. Stin Nillson of Sweden finished third and claimed the bronze medal.
Norway finished with 39 medals, the most for any country in any Winter Olympics. The win also gave Norway 14 cross-country medals, setting a new record. Russia held the previous record of 13, set in 1988 in Calgary.
Bjoergen raced the Olympics for the first time in 2002, in Salt Lake City, and has been on the podium at every Winter Games since. She has said that she will finish out the World Cup season but will definitely not return for another Winter Games.
Her Olympic success speaks for itself:
Bjoergen has had great success in between Olympics as well. She has won 18 World Championships medals, with 12 of those coming as individual medals. She has claimed 112 individual World Cup victories. She has 12 World Cup titles as well.
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