Marit Bjoergen of Norway becomes most decorated Winter Olympian of all time

Marit Bjoergen of Norway made history Wednesday night in PyeongChang by capturing her record 14th Winter Olympics medal — a bronze in the team ski sprint. With the medal, Bjoergen, 37, broke a tie she had with a fellow Norweigan, former biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen.

Bjoergen’s ski sprint bronze, which she earned alongside teammate Maiken Caspersen Falla, is already her fourth of these Olympic Games. She also took gold in the 4 x 5k relay, silver in the 15k skiathlon and bronze in the 10k freestyle.

This year’s Olympics are Bjoergen’s fifth. She had decent success in her first two appearances: She earned a silver in the 4 x 5k in Salt Lake City in 2002 and another silver in the 10k in Turin in  2006.

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PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Marit Bjoergen of Norway competes during the Cross Country Ladies' Team Sprint Free Final on day 12 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre on February 21, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Marit Bjoergen of Norway during the women's Cross Country Team Sprint Free Technique at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre on February 21, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Nils Petter Nilsson/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Marit Bjoergen of Norway and Maiken Caspersen Falla of Norway on the podium during the women's Cross Country Team Sprint Free Technique at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre on February 21, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Nils Petter Nilsson/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Marit Bjoergen of Norway during the women's Cross Country Team Sprint Free Technique at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre on February 21, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Nils Petter Nilsson/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Marit Bjoergen of Norway competes during the Cross Country Ladies' Team Sprint Free semi final on day 12 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre on February 21, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Marit Bjoergen of Norway (1-1) and Maiken Caspersen Falla of Norway (1-2) handover during the Cross Country Ladies' Team Sprint Free semi final on day 12 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre on February 21, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Marit Bjoergen of Norway competes during the Ladies' 4x5km Relay on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 18, 2018: Gold medalists Marit Bjoergen, Ragnhild Haga, Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (L-R) of Norway pose at a victory ceremony for the ladies' cross-country skiing 4x5km relay race at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at the Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Marit Bjoergen of Norway competes during the Cross-Country Women's Relay at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 17: Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg, Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, Ragnhild Haga and Marit Bjoergen of Norway during the Womens 4x5km Relay Cross-Country Skiing on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre on February 17, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Nils Petter Nilsson/Getty Images)
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But the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver is where Bjoergen truly turned into an absolute star, delivering one of the most impressive performances cross-country skiing has ever seen. She captured golds in the 15k skiathlon, the individual sprint and the 4 x 5k relay, a silver in the 10k and a bronze in the 15k. Her five medals in 2010 were most of any athlete in any sport in Vancouver. She then won three golds again in 2014, taking the crown in the 15k skiathlon, the 30k and the team ski sprint.

Bjoergen’s unparalleled success isn’t limited to the Olympics, either. She’s won 112 events on the World Cup circuit, placing her atop the all-time Cross-Country World Cup rankings.

Bjoergen could potentially extend her record further if she chooses to enter the 30k race on Sunday.

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