Sweden Beats Norway for First Gold
Charlotte Kalla of Sweden won the first gold medal of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, taking the women’s 15-kilometer skiathlon. The legendary 37-year-old Norwegian Marit Bjoergen was second, 7.8 seconds back, and Krista Parmakoski of Finland was third.
Kalla broke from the lead pack with two and a half kilometers to go and pulled away, denying a chance for a seventh career gold medal to Bjoergen. (Kalla had two previous Olympic golds of her own, one from Vancouver and one from Sochi.)
In the skiathlon, athletes ski half the race in the classical style, then rapidly switch their skis and switch to the freestyle, or “skating” style.
An American, Jessica Diggins, placed fifth.
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Here’s what you missed:
The United States mixed doubles curling team lost again, 6-4, to China. The U.S. is now 1-4 and is unlikely to make the medal round.
Here’s what’s next:
The men will go 1,500 meters in the first short-track speedskating event of the Games, with the host country expected to pick up its first medals.
In long-track speedskating, women will race 3,000 meters. Look out for Ireen Wust of the powerful Dutch team.
The last two gold medals of the day come in the biathlon women’s sprint and men’s ski jumping.