Cold-blooded Bjoerndalen scales new heights

Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:43pm EST
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By Julien Pretot

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Ole Einar Bjoerndalen kept his composure as he earned his 13th Olympic medal on Wednesday to become the most decorated Winter Games athlete when Norway won gold in the biathlon mixed relay.

Bjoerndalen, 40, edged ahead of former cross-country skier Bjorn Daehlie and moved alongside his compatriot as the all-time leading gold medallist with eight.

"It's a great feeling," the shy Bjoerndalen told a news conference, immediately adding: "But the Games are still underway.

"It's hard to realise what's happened. It will sink in a bit later."

Bjoerndalen, who also has 19 world championship titles to his name, won his first medal at the Nagano Games in 1998 and has claimed at least two medals at every Olympics since then.

He also won the 10km sprint gold in Sochi.

Bjoerndalen, who started in the World Cup 20 years ago, was one of three members of the Norway relay to shoot clean in another dominant performance.

He had come close to winning his 13th medal in the 20km individual last week but had to settle for fourth.   Continued...

Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen shoots during the mixed biathlon relay at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 19, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder