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Bjoergen wins fourth Olympic skiing gold medal

Monday, February 10, 2014

SOCHI, Russia - Norwegian superstar Marit Bjoergen has won her fourth Olympic title after taking the first cross-country skiing gold of the Sochi Games in the women's skiathlon.

The win makes her the most successful female Norwegian Olympian in history.

Under stunning blue skies at the Laura cross-country ski centre, Bjoergen won the second gold up for grabs anywhere at Sochi 2014 with a vintage display of the killer supremacy that strikes fears into her opponents.

Sweden's Charlotte Kalla screamed with delight as she crossed the line to take silver. Heidi Weng of Norway took the bronze, her first ever Olympic medal.

Bjoergen, 33, now has a total of four Olympic golds after winning three golds at the Vancouver Games in 2010 and has confirmed her status as one of the greatest cross-country skiiers ever.

Her fourth gold means she has now overtaken the legendary Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie — who won three golds from 1928-1936 — in Norway's all time list for female Olympians.

She also became the oldest individual female Olympic Winter Games gold medallist in this sport.

Bjoergen, at 33 years and 324 days, took the record from Italian Stefania Belmondo who was 33 years and 27 days when she won the 15 km freestyle at Salt Lake City 2002.

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