Bjoergen wins 14th medal of career to become most successful winter Olympian
Marit Bjoergen of Norway celebrates team gold in the Women's Cross Country 4 x 5 km Relay race at the Alpensia Cross Country Centre during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, South Korea, Feb. 17, 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/VALDRIN XHEMAJ
Marit Bjoergen of Norway in action during the Women's Cross Country Team Sprint Free race at the Alpensia Cross Country Centre during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, South Korea, Feb. 21, 2018. EPA-EFE/DIEGO AZUBEL
Gold medalist Marit Bjoergen of Norway reacts during the flower ceremony of the Women's 30km Mass Start Free Cross Country Skiing competition at the Laura Cross Biathlon Center during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 22, 2014. EPA-EFE FILE/ARMANDO BABANI
Gold medalist Marit Bjoergen of Norway reacts at the finish of the Women's 30km Mass Start Free Cross Country Skiing competition at the Laura Cross Biathlon Center during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 22, 2014. EPA-EFE FILE/ARMANDO BABANI
Women's Cross Country Sprint gold medalist Marit Bjoergen of Norway cheers during the medal ceremony at the medal plaza in Whistler, Canada, at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, Feb. 17, 2010. EPA-EFE FILE/GEORGE FREY
Marit Bjoergen of Norway in action during qualification for the ladies Cross Country sprint competition at the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games, Pragelato Plan, Feb. 22, 2006. EPA-EFE/GERO BRELOER
PyeongChang, South Korea, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- Norwegian cross-country skier Marit Bjoergen on Wednesday sealed her place among the greatest ever winter Olympians after winning the bronze medal in the women's team sprint final at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.
The 37-year-old from Trondheim had already equalled the record held by her compatriot Ole Einar Bjoerndael, dubbed "the King of Biathlon", when she won gold in the women's 4 x 5km relay on Feb. 17.
On Wednesday, Bjoergen surpassed the great Bjoerndael, and now stands on her own as the most successful athlete ever to compete at the Winter Olympics.
Bjoergen stole the spotlight from the United States pair Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggin, who won gold, and Sweden's Charlotte Kalla and Stina Nilsson, who took the silver medal.
Bjoergen's bronze was her fourth medal at PyeongChang, after she won gold in the 4x5-kilometer relay, silver in the 15-kilometer skiathlon, and bronze in the 10-kilometer freestyle.
The 18-time world champion won her first Olympic medal - a silver in the 4x5-kilometer relay - at Salt Lake in 2002.
Four years later in Turin she came second in the 10-km classic too win another silver medal.
It was in Vancouver 2010 that she truly announced herself to the world on the sport's biggest stage, securing three gold medals (sprint, skiathlon and relay), a silver (30-km classic) and one bronze (10-km freestyle).
Although she won fewer medals in Sochi 2014, she still won three golds - in 30-km freestyle, skiathlon and team sprint.
Despite likely being disappointed at not adding yet another gold medal to her haul on Wednesday, she can reflect on a storied career that has spanned almost 20 years.
She still has the opportunity to extend her record by adding another podium finish to her resume if she chooses to compete in the 30-kilometer mass start classic on Sunday.