Sweden wins 1st gold medal in PyeongChang

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Sweden's Charlotte Kalla won the first gold medal of the 2018 Winter Olympics in the women's skiathlon, which saw Marit Bjoergen make history.

But Bjoergen still became the most decorated woman in Winter Olympics history as she claimed her 11th medal.

Kalla broke free from the pack at around the 11-kilometer mark of the 15-km race, stretching her lead to approximately 10 seconds at one point, and held off a late charge by silver medalist Bjoergen and bronze victor Krista Parmakoski of Finland.

"I am happy to be here at my age", said the 37-year-old Bjoergen, who won three gold medals at Vancouver in 2010 and three more in the 2004 Sochi Games.

Sochi Games champion Marit Bjoergen of Norway, who has chose to skip Thursday's 10km sprint race, took the silver 7.8 seconds behind and Krista Parmakoski of Finland won the bronze.

Diggins says nerves may have gotten the best of her, causing her to throw up shortly before the race.

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One more medal will move her into a tie with Norwegian Bjoern Daehlie for the most Olympic medals by a cross-country skier of all-time. "I need to work on a few things to manage stress".

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.

2010 and 2014 victor Bjoergen had to settle for silver, 7.8 seconds behind, taking a women's record 11th medal overall, six of them gold. "I don't feel like I have a chance of a medal, so that's why I made this choice", she told broadcaster Eurosport. Sixty seconds later, she had grabbed a 5.5-second lead over Bjørgen and never looked in danger of being caught.

For Kalla it was her sixth career Olympic medal - and third gold. She coasted the final 20 metres for the victory after leading by more than 10 seconds. "It went my way and I tried to focus forward all the time", Kalla added.

Bjoergen got caught behind another skier and said she couldn't follow her.

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