Breaking records in South Korea

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The Norwegian skier Marit Bjørgen. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Norway’s Marit Bjørgen made history at yesterday’s Olympic Games in South Korea. The Norwegian skier is now the most successful athlete in the Winter Games’ history.

Bjørgen, who has been active since 2002, won a bronze medal at Wednesday’s cross-country skiing’s women’s team sprint free. This means that Bjørgen now has 14 Winter Games medals, surpassing the former record of 13 medals by fellow Norwegian, Ole Einar Bjørndalen. Bjørndalen is still t keeping the record of most gold medals, counting eight.

Bjørgen is also the second most successful woman at both the Winter and Summer Games, only surpassed by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who possesses 18 medals.

In general, Norway is doing more than well on this year’s games. It is currently the leading nation with 33 medals: 13 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze. This means that Norway has broken its own medal record of 26 from the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway. The tiny nation is also close to breaking the Winter Games’ most-winning medal record of 37, made by USA at the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010.

With 41 more competitions to go, there are still possibilities for more Norwegian medals.