Marit Bjoergen of Norway made history Wednesday night in PyeongChang by capturing her record 14th Winter Olympics medal — a bronze in the team ski sprint. With the medal, Bjoergen, 37, broke a tie she had with a fellow Norweigan, former biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen.
Bjoergen’s ski sprint bronze, which she earned alongside teammate Maiken Caspersen Falla, is already her fourth of these Olympic Games. She also took gold in the 4 x 5k relay, silver in the 15k skiathlon and bronze in the 10k freestyle.
This year’s Olympics are Bjoergen’s fifth. She had decent success in her first two appearances: She earned a silver in the 4 x 5k in Salt Lake City in 2002 and another silver in the 10k in Turin in 2006.
But the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver is where Bjoergen truly turned into an absolute star, delivering one of the most impressive performances cross-country skiing has ever seen. She captured golds in the 15k skiathlon, the individual sprint and the 4 x 5k relay, a silver in the 10k and a bronze in the 15k. Her five medals in 2010 were most of any athlete in any sport in Vancouver. She then won three golds again in 2014, taking the crown in the 15k skiathlon, the 30k and the team ski sprint.
Bjoergen’s unparalleled success isn’t limited to the Olympics, either. She’s won 112 events on the World Cup circuit, placing her atop the all-time Cross-Country World Cup rankings.
Bjoergen could potentially extend her record further if she chooses to enter the 30k race on Sunday.
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