The 37-year-old Marit Bjorgen became the most decorated winter Olympian of all time in PyeongChang, winning medals in her first four events. She surpassed Ole Einar Bjorndalen as the most decorated Winter Olympian ever, and she also became the most decorated female Winter Olympian with her first medal.
Growing up on a farm in Norway, Bjorgen started competing in cross-country races when she was seven. She did not lose a race until she was 13. Bjorgen joined the World Cup circuit in 1999 at 19, but finding success against the world’s elite would take time. In 2002 she won her first World Cup race at the first event of the 2002-03 season.
Bjorgen’s dominance has been staggering since her debut. She has won the Overall World Cup title four times while winning 110 World Cup gold medals and approximately $2.6 million in prize winnings. She has been equally impressive at World Championships, winning 12 individual World Championship gold medals plus six more in team relay events.
After winning five medals, three of them gold, at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games – the most of any athlete at the Games – Bjorgen was bestowed the Holmenkollen Medal, the highest award given to a Nordic sport athlete.
Bjorgen took most of the 2015-16 World Cup season off to have a baby with her partner, and four-time Olympic Nordic combined medalist, Fred Borre Lundberg. The couple welcomed their son, Marius, in December 2015.
Bjorgen returned to the World Cup circuit in November 2016, and as if she had never left, she won a race.
Getting to know Marit Bjorgen
Has been a member of every Norwegian Winter Olympic team since 2002
Her athletic ambitions initially revolved around handball, a sport contested at the summer Olympics
Grew up on a farm in the Norwegian village of Rognes