Charlotte Kalla wins first gold medal of Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Charlotte Kalla wins first gold medal of Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Lindsey Duncan
February 15, 2018

Kalla became the first Swedish woman to claim three gold medals at the Olympic Winter Games, which equaled Agneta Andersson as the Swedish woman with most Olympic gold medals.

For the women's 15-kilometer cross-country skiathlon, with its first half in the classical style and its second half in the freestyle and its usual inhumane upslopes for both styles, Sweden's Charlotte Kalla, 30, fulfilled her wish to upgrade from the silver medal she got in Sochi in 2014.

Charlotte Kalla of Sweden won the 15km event.

Norwegian Bjoergen took silver in the event to become the most decorated female Winter Olympian ever. "I feel like she's been the strongest this year".

"Being seconds out of a medal is so exciting because I know it's possible". I felt so happy crossing the line but also relieved.

Bjoergen took the 11th Olympic medal by finishing second in 40:52.7. "It is my fifth Olympics and I am happy to be here at my age".

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"I tried my best today, so I am satisfied with this result".

The winter games run through February 25.

A 10km freestyle gold medallist at Vancouver 2010 and a 4x5km relay victor at Sochi 2014, Kalla is the first female Swedish athlete in her sport to win three Olympic titles.

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

Bjørgen had previously been on 10 with Raisa Smetanina, whose tally of four gold, five silver and one bronze had been won between Innsbruck 1976 and Albertville representing the Soviet Union and Unified Team.