Sweden wins gold, Norway silver in cross-country skiing
Pärmäkoski wins bronze for Finland in Olympics
10 Feb 2018, 20:56 ( 14 days ago)
Champion Sweden's Charlotte Kalla (C), second placed Norway's Marit Bjoergen (L) and third placed Finland's Krista Pärmäkoski pose for photos during the medal ceremony of the Ladies' 7.5km + 7.5km Skiathlon of Cross-Country Skiing at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games at the Medal Plaza in PyeongChang, South Korea, on Feb. 10, 2018. Photo Xinhua.
Krista Pärmäkoski won first medal for Finland in the PyeongChang Olympics on Saturday in the women's 15-kilometre skiathlon.
Pärmäkoski secured third position in 40: 55.0. wining the bronze.
Charlotte Kalla of Sweden claimed the gold while Marit Bjoergen of Norway won silver in the event.
“When I set out today, I was thinking that I don't necessarily have to do well, there will be other chances. But this is just amazing that I succeeded already in this first event. Now I will for sure be able to relax as I continue," Pärmäkoski told Yle.
Kalla won the women's skiathlon in a time of 40 minutes and 44.9 seconds in an event combining 7.5 km classic and 7.5 km freestyle skiing.
Kalla said: "Winning the first gold means a lot. I was quite nervous today and the Olympics is something I have focused on for a long, long time. It has felt great during the season but I know everyone wants to be in shape at the Olympics. It was really exciting and fun to compete today."
"I had a wish that if I felt strong I would try to do something on the last lap and not wait too long. It went my way and I tried to focus forward all the time," Kalla added.
Bjoergen took the 11th Olympic medal by finishing second in 40:52.7.
"I am here to take medals. It is my fifth Olympics and still to be there. I am happy with that. I am happy to be here at my age," said the 37-year-old Bjoergen, who won three gold medals at Vancouver in 2010 and three more in the 2004 Sochi Games.