Bjoergen makes Winter Olympics history as Kalla claims first gold of Games

The underdog story of Eddie the Eagle

For the women's 15-kilometer cross-country skiathlon, with its first half in the classical style and its second half in the freestyle and its usual inhumane upslopes for both styles, Sweden's Charlotte Kalla, 30, fulfilled her wish to upgrade from the silver medal she got in Sochi in 2014.

Finland's Krista Parmakoski earned bronze, another 2.3 seconds back.

But 37-year-old Bjoergen, who won three gold medals in Vancouver in 2010 and three more in Sochi, proved she's still a dominant figure in the sport despite entering the competition ranked seventh in the world in the event.

"It has felt great during the season, but I know everyone wants to be in shape at the Olympics".

2010 and 2014 victor Bjoergen had to settle for silver, 7.8 seconds behind, taking a women's record 11th medal overall, six of them gold. I just wanted to focus and keep pushing all the time.

"Charlotte was stronger than me, but I am happy with silver". Most of all, though, it was pure joy.

Norway's Marit Bjorgen became the most decorated female winter Olympian on Saturday when she won her 11th career medal in PyeongChang.

Bjoergen took the 11th Olympic medal by finishing second in 40:52.7.

She also has six Olympic medals over to her name, equalling Alpine skier Anja Pärson for the most among Swedish women at the Winter Games.

"I am here to take medals. It is my fifth Olympics and I am happy to be here at my age". "Things are more important to me, to be a good mom and then to do a good race".

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