Ole Einar Bjoerndalen makes history with 13th Olympic medal

The oldest man to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics is also the most decorated one of the event.
By Veronica Linares Contact the Author   |   Feb. 19, 2014 at 2:27 PM
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SOCHI , Russia, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen became the most decorated athlete of the Winter Olympics after earning a gold medal Wednesday.

The victory marks the 40-year-old's 13th medal in the Winter Olympics and his second one at Sochi. He won his first medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

Wednesday's event was the first-ever Olympic mixed relay in biathlon. Bjoerndalen shared the win with teammate Bjoern Daehlie. He previously won the gold in the men's sprint biathlon on Feb. 8; the sprint medal made Bjoerndalen the oldest man to ever win a gold medal at the Winter Games.

Both Bjoerndalen and Daehlie have a total of eight gold medals.

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