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Bjoerndalen breaks all-time Winter Olympics medal record

Published On: Feb 19 2014 09:44:46 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 19 2014 10:40:51 AM CST
Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, mixed biathlon relay, Sochi Olympics

Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen won a gold medal Wednesday as part of the Norwegian team in the biathlon mixed relay, giving him a record-breaking total of 13 Winter Olympic medals.

Earlier at the Sochi Games he had tied the record set by retired Norwegian cross-country skier Bjorn Daehlie, who won 12 medals from 1992 through 1998, with a gold in the 10-kilometer biathlon sprint.

Besides the two golds won at the Sochi Games, Bjoerndalen's Olympic medal count includes six previous golds won in 1998, 2002 and 2010. That total of eight golds also ties him with Daehlie for the most gold medals in Winter Olympic history, a record he can break in the men's relay on Saturday.

The 40-year-old made his Olympic debut in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway, and is competing in his sixth Winter Olympics.

The gold-medal winning Norwegian team also included Tora Berger, Tiril Eckhoff and Emil Hegle Svendsen.

All of Team Norway have tasted Olympic glory in the past, including earlier in the Sochi Games. The medal was the third of Berger's Olympic career and her second in Sochi, while Svendsen has now won a total of five Olympic medals, including two golds during this games. Eckhoff also won a bronze medal earlier in Sochi.

The event is a new addition to the Olympics this year. The first and second legs of the relay are run by the women, with the third and fourth legs completed by the men. The women's legs are 6 kilometers and the men's legs are 7.5 kilometers, with shooting at the 2 and 4 kilometer marks.

The Czech Republic won silver in the mixed relay, with Italy taking bronze.

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