Bjoerndalen tied fellow Norwegian Bjorn Daehlie as the most decorated Winter Olympian in history. Daehlie won 12 cross-country skiing medals over the course of three Olympics in the 1990s.
Despite missing one of the 10 targets, which required him to ski an extra 150 meters, Bjoerndalen turned in the fastest time over 10 kilometers to win the event for the third time. He also captured gold in the biathlon sprint in 1998 and 2002.
The silver medal was won by Dominik Landertinger of Austria and the bronze went to Jaroslav Soukup of the Czech Republic.