Norwegian Marit Bjoergen on Saturday won the women's 30-kilometer mass start freestyle cross-country skiing competition at the Sochi Olympics, and so racked up her third gold medal at this year's Games and sixth overall, tying the mark for a female Winter Olympian.
Bjoergen, 33, who was the big medalist at the Vancouver Games four years ago, also reigns supreme at Sochi.
With her gold on Saturday, the Norwegian - leading a triple from her country as she was followed across the finish line by Therese Johaug and Kristin Stoermer Steira - took her sixth gold medal, tying the record set by Soviet speed skater Lidia Skoblikova in the 1960s and equalled by Russian cross-country skier Lyubov Yegorova in the 1990s.
Bjoergen, who also garnered medals in Salt Lake City '02 and Turin '06, has six golds, three silvers and a bronze. At Sochi, before the cross-country on Saturday, she had placed first in the 15-kilometer skiathlon and in the team sprint.
On Saturday, while leading the second triple in cross-country skiing since another Norwegian, Vegard Ulvang, glided in ahead of compatriots Bjorn Daehlie and Terje Langli at Albertville in '92, Bjoergen equalled the 10 medals of Italy's Stefania Belmondo.
However, the Norwegian's six golds, three silvers and one bronze definitely trump the two golds, three silvers and five bronzes taken by the Italian champion, who won her trophies at Albertville, Nagano '98 and Salt Lake City. EFE