Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla claimed the primary gold medal awarded on the 2018 Winter Olympics, Norway’s Marit Bjoergen turned probably the most adorned lady within the historical past of the Video games and Minnesota’s Jessie Diggins got here up 15 seconds in need of a spot on the rostrum for the medal-hungry U.S. workforce Friday in South Korea.
Kalla, who pulled away from the lead pack with a few kilometers left, gained the ladies’s 15-kilometer skiathlon at Pyeongchang’s Alpensia Cross Nation Middle.
Bjoergen completed 7.eight seconds behind her to take silver — her eleventh medal in 5 Olympics, giving her greater than some other lady in Winter Olympics historical past.
Diggins positioned fifth, the most effective cross-nation end for an American lady in Olympic historical past.
Just one American skier has ever left the Olympics with a medal — Invoice Koch, who gained silver forty two years in the past on the 1976 Innsbruck Video games.
Diggins was 14.7 seconds behind Kalla and four.6 seconds behind bronze-medalist Krista Parmakoski of Finland, who nipped fourth-place Ebba Andersson of Sweden by eight-tenths of a second.
4 Anchorage skiers completed nicely off Kalla’s profitable tempo of forty minutes, forty nine.9 seconds. Caitlin Patterson was thirty fourth (three:30 again), Kikkan Randall was fortieth (four:02 again), Jessica Yeaton, snowboarding for Australia, was fiftieth (5 minutes again) and Rosie Brennan 58th (6:fifty one again).
Bjoergen, 37 and the mom of a 2-yr-previous, got here to South Korea as one in every of three ladies with 10 Winter Olympics medals, a distinction she shared with cross-nation skiers Raisa Smetanina of Russia and Stefania Belmondo of Italy. Smetanina skied in 5 straight Olympics from 1976 to 1992; Belmondo skied in 5 straight from 1988 to 2002.
The athlete with probably the most Winter Olympic medals is Norway’s Ole Einer Bjoerndalen, a six-time Olympian with thirteen biathlon medals collected between 1994 and 2014.
For Kalla, it was her third gold medal and sixth general medal in three Olympics.
The race consisted of seven.5 kilometers of basic snowboarding adopted by 7.5 kilometers of freestyle snowboarding. The lads’s 30K skiathlon is Saturday.