Norway, which received the primary gold medal of the Beijing Video games after which simply stored on successful them for 2 weeks, added its sixteenth and remaining gold on Sunday within the remaining cross-country snowboarding race of the Video games.
The overall, a file for one nation at a single Winter Video games, capped a relentless present of multisport dominance by Norwegian athletes that put the nation of 5 million folks comfortably forward of extra populous rivals like Russia, Germany, Canada and the USA.
Norway’s 37 medals had been 5 greater than Russia, which completed second within the medals desk, and its 16 golds safely outdistanced Germany’s 12. And whereas lots of its medals got here in disciplines the nation has lengthy dominated — it received 14 in biathlon, for instance, greater than a 3rd of its whole — Norway additionally confirmed selection by successful in sports activities like ski leaping, Nordic mixed, speedskating and cross-country and freestyle snowboarding
Norway’s first and final medals had been received by the identical athlete: Therese Johaug, who captured the Video games’ first gold within the girls’s skiathlon on the day after the opening ceremony and a remaining one within the girls’s 30-kilometer freestyle race that ended solely hours earlier than the closing ceremony. In between, Johaug collected a 3rd gold within the 10-kilometer basic occasion.
“I’m so proud and I’m so comfortable,” Johaug mentioned, including, “I used to be so, so comfortable 14 days in the past once I received my first one, and I can not consider I ought to have extra.”
Johaug was one in every of 11 Norwegian Olympians who will go away the Video games with multiple medal. The biathletes Marte Olsbu Roeiseland (3 gold, 2 bronze) and Johannes Thingnes Boe (4 gold, 1 bronze) led the best way with 5 every.
With Boe’s older brother, Tarjei, amassing 4 medals of his personal in biathlon, the Boe household ranked thirteenth within the total medals desk, tied with South Korea and simply forward of Finland — to match the cross-country skier Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo. Klaebo had come to China with the long-shot hope of successful six golds; as an alternative, he went dwelling with extra of an assortment: two golds, one silver and a bronze.
“It’s been a tremendous Video games for the entire staff of Norway,” Johaug mentioned.