Results: First gold medal of Olympics awarded in PyeongChang

Doug Mendoza
February 11, 2018

1 The first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Games went to Sweden's Charlotte Kalla in the women's cross country skiathlon.

But while the 37-year-old Bjoergen, who won three gold medals at the 2010 Vancouver Games and three more in Sochi, proved she's still a dominant figure in the sport, she admitted there is a noticeable changing of the guard happening.

Hundreds of spectators were on site to cheer on the women as they received their medals from Bach.

Afterwards, the festivities continued when R&B vocalist Insooni - the voice of the Olympic Torch Relay song Let Everyone Shine - performed for 40 minutes.

The area also includes the Traditional Culture Pavilion, which showcases traditional Korean art and performances, as well as the Culture ICT Hall featuring modern art, cutting-edge 5G technology and Artificial Intelligence.

"You never know how a race will develop - she could have easily had Marit or Krista (Parmakoski, who came third) with her, and then she would have had to go in the next hill, or the next hill", he explained.

US racer Jessie Diggins took fifth place, the best individual finish for an American in an Olympic cross-country ski race since 1976. Her win broke a three-way tie with Raisa Smetanina of Russian Federation and Stefania Belmondo of Italy.

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While she seemed unmoved with that former distinction about the 11 medals and whatnot, saying she'd just see "how many medals I have" once she gets home, the latter did matter.

Diggins says it wasn't her best race, but she still feels like she's in a "good place" to become the first American cross-country skier to win a medal since Bill Koch in 1976.

The 26-year-old says, "I need to work on a few things to manage stress".

The Netherlands won 23 of 36 speedskating medals in Sochi four years ago.

The first combined Korean team was clearly overmatched by the Swiss, but that didn't mute fans' enthusiasm for a team dressing three North Koreans.

Marte Olsbu of Norway won silver and Veronika Vitkova of the Czech Republic earned bronze. "I have the confidence", she said after the race.

The top five nations after their short programs advance to the free skate later Sunday.

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