Final gold medal in PyeongChang goes to most decorated Winter Olympian ever

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 25, 2018

The commanding triumph for Bjørgen, who made her debut 12 years ago in Turin, saw her equal the number of Winter Olympic Games gold medals won by compatriots Ole Einar Bjørndalen and Bjørn Dæhlie.

Bjorgen finished a legendary couple of weeks with a bang, winning the final gold medal of the Games in the Ladies' 30km Mass Start event.

The Finnish skier was among a group of four women hoping to chase down Bjørgen, but as the race continued it became apparent that it would take something special to overhaul the race leader.

Bjoergen's glittering Olympic career started in Salt Lake City where she won her first medal, a silver, in the 4x5km relay and she has won 14 since, but the 37-year-old is adamant that she won't be back for Beijing in 2022.

A total of 14 of them were gold, 14 silver and 11 bronze. "I came here hoping for one individual gold medal and I knew it was possible in the was an unbelievable race for me", she told reporters.

"This was my last, and it couldn't be better to finish like this" she said.

Germany did have some golden success on the final day at the Alpensia Sliding Centre, where Francesco Friedrich secured his second gold of the games.

The team, who were competing as neutral athletes at Pyeongchang as punishment for a years-long Russian doping scandal, defied a ban by singing their national anthem during the medal ceremony. The Germans won three of four races and actually ahead of schedule won the Olympics.

Sweden beat South Korea 8-3 in the women's curling final, ending a fairytale Olympic run for the home team, known as the "Garlic Girls".

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