With her convincing victory in the closing 30km race at the Olympic Games in PyeongChang (KOR) Marit Björgen (NOR)** not only left her mark but also provided the golden crowning glory of the extremely successful Winter Games for the Fischer Race Family at the same time. 56% of all the Nordic medals were won on Fischer skis, 48% of the athletes on the podium placed their trust in Fischer boots and 77% of all medallists achieved their success with the TURNAMIC® binding set-up. This has earned Fischer a place in the history books as the most successful ski, boot and binding brand.
"My goal is clear: I want to win gold in the 30km," explained Marit Björgen with a glint in her eye before the closing race. The "Iron Lady" of cross-country skiing went on to achieve her goal in convincing style and claim this gold as the Games in the Far East drew to a close. At the same time, the best cross-country skier of the past 15 years broke all records with her previous gold and silver plus two bronze medals and is now in the history books as the most successful Olympic athlete of all time, winning a total of 15 medals with eight of them in gold. Her team colleague Ragnhild Haga (NOR)** drew inspiration from her role model and had a golden Olympic debut with victory in both the 10km freestyle and in the relay. The Swedish ladies also made a significant contribution to the successful medals tally: Charlotte Kalla (SWE)* led the way at the start with victory in the skiathlon followed by three silver medals, while Stina Nilsson (SWE)* clinched gold in the sprint event and subsequently likewise two silver medals plus one bronze. Kikkan Randall (USA)** captivated an entire nation in her final Olympic race with victory in the team sprint, together with Jessica Diggins (USA).
In the men's events it was Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo (NOR)** who left his mark on these Games with his refreshing character, special skiing style and three gold medals. The young Norwegian star decided not to compete in the final 50km race with the following explanation: "It's enough for my first Olympic Games – it hasn't settled in yet." His team colleague Martin Johnsrud Sundby's (NOR)** declared goal of winning an individual gold medal may have been elusive but with two gold medals and one silver he played a major role in the success of his team. The same can be said of Denis Spitsov**, representing Olympic Athletes from Russia, with two silver medals and one bronze. Dario Cologna (SUI)** earned another entry in the history books as the first person to win the same distance (15km) in three consecutive Olympic Games. "It was very hard work and I desperately wanted to win like in Vancouver and Sochi. Writing a little bit of history isn't that bad," said the overall four-time Olympic champion in his familiar matter-of-fact style.
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