Sweeden’s Kalla wins first gold of 2018 Winter Olympics
Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla has won the women’s skiathlon to secure the first gold medal of Pyeongchang 2018. The 30-year-old beat defending champion Marit Bjoergen by 7.8 seconds.
Kalla won in 40 minutes 44.9 seconds to claim her third Olympic gold, while Finland’s Krista Parmakoski was third.
“I was quite nervous today and the Olympics is something I have focused on for a long, long time,” said Kalla.
“It has felt great during the season but I know everyone wants to be in shape at the Olympics. It was really exciting and fun to compete.”