02/21 05:14 CST Bjoergen, American women make history at Olympics
Bjoergen, American women make history at Olympics
By STEVE REED
AP Sports Writer
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) --- Marit Bjoergen made Olympic history and the
United States women's cross-country team won its first medal ever --- and it
Bjoergen won her 14th medal at the Winter Games by taking bronze with her
Norwegian teammates on Wednesday in the team sprint. That made her the most
decorated Winter Olympian of all time, breaking the tie she held with Norwegian
biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen.
Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall led the way as the American women pulled off
a huge upset in the same race. The only other American to win a medal in
cross-country skiing was Bill Koch, who took silver in the 30-kilometer race at
the 1976 Innsbruck Games.
The Americans posted the fastest time in the semifinals and started on the
front row in the final. Diggins passed the Swedes and the Norwegians on the
final lap to win the first Olympic gold medal for the United States in the
sport. Sweden took silver.
The 37-year-old Bjoergen has won four medals at the Pyeongchang Games. She took
gold in the women's 4x5-kilometer relay, silver in the 15-kilometer skiathlon
and bronze in the 10-kilometer freestyle. She still has one event remaining ---
the 30-kilometer mass start on Sunday --- if she chooses to participate.
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo and Martin Johnsrud won the men's team sprint, giving
Norway a 13th medal in cross-country events at Pyeongchang.
A team of Russians took silver and France edged out Sweden for third.
It was the third gold medal for Klaebo, equaling French biathlete Martin
Fourcade for the most golds so far at Pyeongchang.
The 21-year Klaebo became the fourth male athlete to win three gold medals at
the Winter Games before turning 22, joining American speed skater Eric Heiden,
Austrian Alpine skier Toni Sailer and South Korean short-track speedskater Ano
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