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Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, the "king of the biathlon," believes records are made to be broken.
The former Norwegian legend said he's anxious to see Norway cross-country skier Marit Bjoergen surpass his record of 13 medals and become the most decorated athlete in the history of the Winter Games. Bjoergen won her 13th medal on Saturday taking home gold in the women's relay.
Norwegian cross-country skier Marit Bjoergen tied this guy's (Ole Einar Bjoerndalen) record for the most medals in the HISTORY of the Winter Games. They both have 13. Bjoergen has two chances to break the record next week. #OlympicHistory pic.twitter.com/uTCOd6jaKo
— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) February 17, 2018
"For sure, I want to see her win," Bjoerndalen told The Associated Press. "It will be really amazing. The career that Marit has had is really amazing. She is really strong. She has been doing it for so long and still today she was amazing on the relay, so it's great that she has two more chances to break it."
Congratulations Ingvild Oestberg, Astrid Jacobsen, Ragnhild Haga & @maritbjoergen #NOR for winning #CrossCountrySkiing relay #gold @idrett More #PyeongChang2018 results here: https://t.co/IY6dSpGQiG pic.twitter.com/KubeFmZiyE
— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) February 17, 2018
He thinks she will break the record before the games are over. There are two more women’s cross-country events _ the team sprint relay on Wednesday and the mass start on Sunday.
"I think she will win at least one more gold — and maybe two more," Bjoerndalen said of the 37-year-old Bjoergen.
Bjoergen said she won’t allow herself to think about the record.
"When you're an athlete and still racing you're looking forward and not thinking about what you've done," Bjoergen said. "You're just looking forward to the next race and focus on that. Like I said before, when I've finished skiing I'll look behind me and see what I will have done."