Norway sweeps ladies' 30km - record 6th gold for Bjoergen
KRASNAYA POLYANA - Marit BJOERGEN (NOR) won the ladies' 30km mass start free at the Laura cross country course on Saturday to collect her sixth gold medal and 10th total medal at the Olympic Winter Games.
- Marit BJOERGEN (NOR) now has won six gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze medal to become the most successful woman in Olympic Winter Games history.
- She equalled Lidia SKOBLIKOVA (URS, speed skating) and Lyobov YEGOROVA (EUN/RUS, cross country skiing) in winning a record six gold medals at the Olympic Winter Games.
- BJOERGEN also equalled Stefania BELMONDO (ITA) and Raisa SMETANINA (URS) on a record 10 total medals.
- BJOERGEN's G6-S3-B1 tally is better than those of SKOBLIKOVA, YEGOROVA, SMETANINA and BELMONDO.
- BJOERGEN won her third gold medal at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and she equalled Darya DOMRACHEVA (BLR, biathlon) as women with most gold medals in Sochi.
- Therese JOHAUG (NOR) claimed silver and Kristin Stoermer STEIRA (NOR) took bronze to give Norway its first medal sweep in a women's event in Olympic Winter Games history.
- This was Norway's 12th medal sweep in total at the Olympic Winter Games and the first since 1994 in men's combination: 1. Lasse KJUS (NOR) 2. Kjetil André AAMODT (NOR) 3. Harald Christian STRAND NILSEN (NOR).
- This was the seventh medal sweep at Sochi 2014,two more than the previous record set in 1964.
OFFICIAL RESULTS - Top 5
1. Marit Bjørgen (NOR) 1:11:05.2
2. Therese Johaug (NOR) +2.6
3. Kristin Størmer Steira (NOR) +23.6
4. Kerttu Niskanen (FIN) +1:21.7
5. Eva Vrabcova-Nyvltova (CZE) +1:21.9
Complete results available HERE.
Marit BJOERGEN (NOR) - gold
On winning gold as part of an all-Norwegian podium:
"It's incredible. We're all Norwegian and we're all on the podium. This has been a goal for me for a long time. I thought the 30k would be hard but I've felt very good in the last days."
On fighting to finish ahead of teammates JOHAUG and STEIRA:
"I knew that I am stronger than them in the sprints, so I was waiting for them to attack on the last climb. Theresa upped her speed and I just followed her, then I passed her."
On Norway redeeming themselves after a disappointing fifth-place finish in the ladies relay:
"We weren't that good in the relay so we showed today that we are the best."
Therese JOHAUG (NOR) - silver
On Norway's 1-2-3 and the team's return to form:
"It's really good to take the silver medal here today and for Marit to get gold, and for Kristin to get bronze. It means a lot to the team. We have come back from the relay, where we finished fifth. We knew we were stronger than that. We had very good skis, the waxing team did a great job."
On competing for the gold medal against BJOERGEN:
"I'm good at climbing and Marit is good at flat track. I tried my best but Marit was stronger than me."
Kristin Stoermer STEIRA (NOR) - bronze
On winning an Olympic medal:
"Finally. I've tried so many times and finally I success and get a medal. It's amazing, I don't think words can explain. It's all or nothing. It has been a lot of hard work but also a lot of fun. Right now I'm smiling all the way but when I crossed the finish line, I felt emotional."