Published: Mon, February 12, 2018

Charlotte Kalla wins first gold medal of Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Charlotte Kalla wins first gold medal of Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Sweden's Charlotte Kalla claimed the first gold medal of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games after winning the women's 7.5 kilometres + 7.5km skiathlon event at the Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre today.

"[It means] a lot", Kalla said of her victory. I just wanted to focus and keep pushing all the time.

The Dutch Olympic team had a record-breaking Olympics four years ago, when it won 24 medals in Sochi, including 23 in long-track speed skating.

Meanwhile, Germany's Laura Dahlmeier, 24, won her first gold medal in biathlon, taking the women's 7.5km sprint, ahead of Norway's Marte Olsbu in second place and Veronika Vitkova from the Czech Republic in third. "It is my fifth Olympics and I am happy to be here at my age".

But the 37-year-old Bjoergen, who won three gold medals in Vancouver in 2010 and three more in Sochi, proved she's still a dominant figure in the sport despite entering the competition ranked seventh in the world in the event. I am happy with that. Charlotte was stronger than me, but I am happy with silver.

Chinese skier Lixin clocked in 46:01.9 to finish 51st while her teammate Chi Chunxue settled for the 55th in 46:39.0. "She was too tough for me, so I think that silver was the best for me".

The winter games run through February 25.

"After Beijing successfully won the bid for the 2022 Olympics, more and more people started to pay attention to winter sports", Chi added. It's her fourth silver medal, to go along with six golds and a bronze.

A 10km freestyle gold medallist at Vancouver 2010 and a 4x5km relay victor at Sochi 2014, Kalla is the first female Swedish athlete in her sport to win three Olympic titles.

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games are underway in South Korea, and Sweden took home the first gold medal on Saturday.

Only Andersson has won more Olympic medals among Swedish women, with seven.

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