Third gold for Bjoergen
Super Norwegian strikes gold for third time in Vancouver
Last Updated: 25/02/10 9:04pm
Bjoergen: Third gold
Marit Bjoergen claimed a third gold medal of the Vancouver Games and fourth overall after helping Norway to the 4x5km cross country skiing relay title.
Bjoergen anchored the team consisting of Vibeke Skofterud, Therese Johaug, Kristin Stoermer Steira home in a time of 55 minutes and 19.5 seconds.
Norway's seventh gold medal in Vancouver came at Whistler Olympic Park as they beat Germany into second by 24.6secs, while Finland claimed bronze a further 30.4secs in arrears.
Bjoergen has already captured gold in the 15km pursuit and the individual sprint classic, so when she was handed a slender 0.2 second lead for the final leg, the result was almost never in doubt.
"This was a great race, and the other girls did a great race before me," a beaming Bjoergen said. "I knew that Germany and Finland were very strong but I did make up five seconds in the first climb."
"I knew this was going to go my way. I knew that in the last lap, and it was fun. I could take the Norwegian flag and race, and that was so very good."
Sweden's Anna Olsson powered her team into a first-leg lead, but Poland came from nearly 40 seconds back to lead after World Cup overall leader Justyna Kowalczyk's superb second leg of racing.
Steira moved Norway from third to first after leg three and Bjoergen, who also took bronze in the 10km free, brought the team home for yet another gold in her personal tally.
The 29-year-old will have a chance to win a fourth gold and fifth medal overall on Saturday when she lines up in the 30km mass start event.