Sweden's Kalla wins first Pyeongchang gold

On the 23rd winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang awarded the first medal

Sweden's Charlotte Kalla took home gold and Norwegian cross-country skier Marit Bjoergen took silver in the women's 15-kilometer skiathlon. It became her 11th medal across five Olympics: a silver in Salt Lake City in 2002; a silver in Turin, Italy, in 2006; three golds and a silver and a bronze in Vancouver in 2010; three golds in Sochi, Russia, in 2014, and this.

Kalla made her break midway through the last of the four laps, leaving Bjoergen to battle Parmakoski and Swede Ebba Andersson for the podium places.

The gold is Kalla's third and sixth Olympic medal of her career.

"It has felt great during the season, but I know everyone wants to be in shape at the Olympics". 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. "It went my way and I tried to focus forward all the time", Kalla added.

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

"I am here to take medals".

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 felt so happy crossing the line but also relieved. "It is my fifth Olympics and I am happy to be here at my age". Charlotte was stronger than me, but I am happy with silver. "She was too tough for me, so I think that silver was the best for me".

Bjoergen's next medal chance will be the women's 10km individual sprint.