Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall stole the show in the cross-country team sprint Wednesday, becoming the first American women to medal in a cross-country event at the Winter Olympics (winning gold, no less). But one of the women standing a step below them on the medal podium is worth mentioning, as well, considering she now has more Winter Olympic medals than anyone in history.
Marit Bjoergen and Norway took bronze in the event, giving her 14 career Olympic medals, one more than countryman biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen. Bjoergen, 37, now has four medals in PyeongChang (one gold, one silver and two bronze) and has a chance at one more if she competes in Sunday’s 30-kilometer mass start. For her Olympic career, which began at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, Bjoergen has seven gold medals, four silver and three bronze.
Earlier in the Games, after winning silver in the 15-kilometer skiathlon, Bjoergen seemed to realize that her Olympic run is coming to an end so she might as well go out on top.
“I have been very good for many years, but I’m also getting older and the younger girls are getting better,” she said.
Swimmer Michael Phelps holds the mark for most all-time Olympic medals with 28, followed by Soviet gymnasts Larisa Latynina (18) and Nikolai Andrianov (15).
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