Swedish Cross-Country Skier Charlotte Kalla Wins 1st Gold at PyeongChang

IOC President presents first gold of PyeongChang 2018 at Medals Plaza

For the women's 15-kilometer cross-country skiathlon, with its first half in the classical style and its second half in the freestyle and its usual inhumane upslopes for both styles, Sweden's Charlotte Kalla, 30, fulfilled her wish to upgrade from the silver medal she got in Sochi in 2014.

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

"It was really cool being seconds away from a medal, and seeing it right there", Diggins said.

But Kalla had broken clear by the 12.5km mark and, by 13.5km, she had opened up an unassailable lead of nearly 10 seconds.

Bjoergen captured her 11th career medal Saturday, breaking a three-way tie with Russian Raisa Smetanina and Italian Stefania Belmondo.

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.

The Netherlands' Sjinkie Knegt took silver.




Parmakoski, 27, finished 10.1 seconds behind Kalla to claim her third Olympic medal while Team GB's Annika Taylor was last of the finishers in 60th position. "I have been very good for many years but I'm also getting older and the younger girls are getting better", she said, reports The Associated Press. USA racer Jessie Diggins took fifth place, the best individual finish for an American in an Olympic cross-country ski race since 1976. Diggins was third in the World Cup standings coming into the race.

Alina Muller scored four goals, including three in the first period, to lead Switzerland over Korea 8-0 in the preliminary round for women's hockey.

- Sara Hjalmarsson scored 1:53 into the third period and Sweden held off Japan 2-1 earlier Saturday.

That silver medalist had just made Olympic historyt. And German Andreas Wellinger won the men's normal hill title.

Race organizers expect "challenging" conditions to stage the men's Olympic downhill on Sunday.

"It was good enough to have a race today", race director Markus Waldner said. Its popularity comes despite tensions on the Korean peninsula, though those were eased once North Korea chose to participate in the Games and even join with the South Koreans on the rink for one women's hockey team.

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

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