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Sweden's Kalla takes Games' first gold, Bjoergen makes history

Sweden's Kalla takes Games' first gold, Bjoergen makes history

Sweden's Kalla takes Games' first gold, Bjoergen makes history

Her silver means her medal collection now stands at 11, while Finland's Krista Parmakoski took bronze.

In 2010 in Vancouver, the 30-year-old Swede won the 10-kilometer race free style, and in Sochi in 2014 won the gold medal in the relay 4 × 5 km.

It was an 11th career medal for Bjoergen, breaking a three-way tie with Raisa Smetanina of Russian Federation and Stefania Belmondo of Italy. The Minnesotan crossed the finish line and sprawled to the cold, hard ground with both cramps and a bolstered sense of hope at the Alpensia Cross-Country Centre on a cold Korean Saturday afternoon. I did not want to look back. "It went my way and I tried to focus forward all the time", Kalla added. I felt so happy crossing the line but also relieved.

"I am very happy to take a medal in my last Olympics and still to be there", Bjørgen said.

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Kalla became the first Swedish woman to claim three gold medals at the Olympic Winter Games, which equaled Agneta Andersson as the Swedish woman with most Olympic gold medals.

The 37-year-old Norwegian legend had to content herself with another record, however; her silver took her medal tally to 11, making her the most decorated female Winter Olympian of all time. "Charlotte was stronger than me".

"I should have been more aware when Charlotte was attacking".

"Being seconds out of a medal is so exciting because I know it's possible". "Things are more important to me, to be a good mom and then to do a good race". It is my fifth Olympics and still to be there.

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