Kalla wins first gold of PyeongChang 2018

Kalla wins first gold of PyeongChang 2018

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.

Charlotte Kalla of Sweden captured the first medal of the Winter Games by taking gold in the 15-kilometre skiathlon in Pyeongchang on Saturday.

Charlotte Kalla became the triple Olympic champion.

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I am very happy to take a medal in my last Olympics and still to be there. "I feel like she's been the strongest this year".

The indefatigable Bjørgen has designs on returning to the podium at PyeongChang 2018: "I am here to take medals". I am happy with that. It is my fifth Olympics and still to be there. With her win, Bjoergen became the most decorated female Winter Olympian ever. She is the enthusiastic blogger who once wrote, "We've never had a women's cross-country medal at the Olympics".

"I tried my best today, so I am satisfied with this result".

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It was the first medals handed out at the Olympics as the first silver medalist of the 2018 Winter Olympics hugged the first gold medalist with a heartfelt gusto.

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.

Bjørgen had previously been on 10 with Raisa Smetanina, whose tally of four gold, five silver and one bronze had been won between Innsbruck 1976 and Albertville representing the Soviet Union and Unified Team.

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