Sport Olympics-Cross country skiing-Sweden's Kalla wins first Pyeongchang gold

12:16  10 february  2018
12:16  10 february  2018 Source:   Reuters

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Kalla ’s victory opened Sweden ’ s gold medal account at Vancouver and was the country ’s first individual cross - country skiing title at the Winter Games since Grenoble It’s a dream come true,” said Kalla , who will hope to improve her already impressive Olympic record at PyeongChang 2018.

Charlotte Kalla skied anchor for Sweden in a thrilling end to the women’ s 4x5km relay. Email. Tumblr. Alpensia Cross - Country Skiing Centre Credit: IOC/ PyeongChang 2018. Share. Facebook.

Sweden's Charlotte Kalla won the first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Saturday after powering away from the field to secure victory in the women's 7.5km + 7.5km skiathlon. © Foto Olimpik/NurPhoto via Getty Images Sweden's Charlotte Kalla won the first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Saturday after powering away from the field to secure victory in the women's 7.5km + 7.5km skiathlon. Sweden's Charlotte Kalla won the first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Saturday after powering away from the field to secure victory in the women's 7.5km + 7.5km skiathlon.

Sochi Games champion Marit Bjoergen of Norway took the silver 7.8 seconds behind and Krista Parmakoski of Finland won the bronze.

Kalla made her break midway through the last of the four laps, leaving Bjoergen to battle Parmakoski and Swede Ebba Andersson for the podium places.

It was the third Olympic gold medal for the 30-year-old Kalla, who won the 10km freestyle at Vancouver in 2010 and followed that up with a win in the 4x5km relay in Sochi four years later.

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The "shirtless" Tongan, all covered up to keep warm this time, had only one thought as he manoeuvred around the final downhill turn and headed toward the finish line. "Please God," the Olympic cross-country skier said to himself, "not in front of everyone. Don't give me my first fall."Pita Taufatofua made it to the finish line, all right, and he did it before they closed the course for the night — the other of his two fears heading into the event.The man who has marched shirtless and oiled up in the last two Olympics — summer and winter — wasn't even last in Friday's race.

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