Winter Olympics Kick Off With Biting Winds And History-Making Wins

The initial medals of a 2018 Winter Olympics, in a women’s cross-country 15-kilometer skiathlon, were won by (from left) Norway’s Marit Bjoergen, silver; Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla, gold; and Finland’s Krista Parmakoski, bronze.

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The initial medals of a 2018 Winter Olympics, in a women’s cross-country 15-kilometer skiathlon, were won by (from left) Norway’s Marit Bjoergen, silver; Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla, gold; and Finland’s Krista Parmakoski, bronze.

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Sweden won a initial bullion award of a Winter Games on Saturday, though a United States and Norway also done story on a stormy and sour cold day in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Swedish cross-country skier Charlotte Kalla won tip honors in a women’s 15-kilometer skiathlon with a finishing time of 40:44.9.

Norway’s Marit Bjoergen came in fewer than 8 seconds behind to take silver, adding to her trove of 10 before Olympic medals, creation her a many flashy womanlike Winter Olympian of all time.

In 2014’s Sochi Winter Games, during a age of 33 and 324 days, Bjoergen became a oldest individual womanlike bullion medalist in a sport.

On Saturday, a 37-year-old concurred that her age might be throwing adult with her. “I have been unequivocally good for many years, though I’m also removing comparison and a younger girls are removing better,” she said, reports The Associated Press.

Finland’s Krista Parmakoski dull out a tip 3 with Sweden’s Ebba Andersson finishing fourth.

With a purify brush for The Netherlands, bullion medalist Carlijn Achtereekte jumps for fun as china medalist Ireen Wust (left) and bronze medalist Antoinette de Jong watch after a women’s 3,000-meter speedskating final during a 2018 Winter Olympics.

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With a purify brush for The Netherlands, bullion medalist Carlijn Achtereekte jumps for fun as china medalist Ireen Wust (left) and bronze medalist Antoinette de Jong watch after a women’s 3,000-meter speedskating final during a 2018 Winter Olympics.

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American Jessica Diggins, 26, was subsequent with a time of 40:59.6. While she came adult brief of a medal, Diggins’ fifth-place finish represented another history-making impulse — it was a best ever for an American lady in a sport.

ESPN reports Diggins is scheduled to competition again Tuesday in a women’s particular sprint.

“It was unequivocally cold being seconds divided from a medal, and saying it right there,” Diggins said. “I know it’s possible. we know we have what it takes.”

Also Saturday, horde nation South Korea got a possibility to applaud one of a own, when Lim Hyojun won bullion in a men’s brief lane speedskating. ESPN reports that Hwang Dae-heon who had been heavily adored to win, though his pile-up in a final authorised his compatriot to pass him.

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The Netherlands’ Sjinkie Knegt took silver. And Semen Elistratov won bronze, a initial award for a Russian contestant during a games. Elistratov is competing underneath a Olympic flag, in suitability with a manners a IOC instated following Russia’s doping scandal.

In a women’s 3,000-meter speedskating, a Netherlands done a purify sweep holding all 3 of a tip spots.

Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier won a initial biathlon bullion of a Games in a women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint. And German Andreas Wellinger won a men’s normal mountain title. He pronounced a oppressive conditions might indeed have helped him spike his burst of 113.5 meters.

“The breeze was utterly good,” Wellinger told ESPN.

And while a Korean women’s ice hockey team might consolidate lofty hopes around reunification, they were trounced by Switzerland on Saturday. The gawk of South Korea’s boss and a sister of a North Korean leader, alongside a choreographed moves of a famed North Korean cheerleaders couldn’t assistance bleed a singular goal; a Swiss won 8-0.

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