During the 2014 Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony, there were a fair share of athletes 4o and over. Many spectators thought that they must all participate in curling. Well, that is far from the truth.
Meet Norwegian 40-year-old biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen. On Saturday, he won the men’s 10-kilometer sprint gold medal and made Olympic history in two different areas. First, he became the oldest Winter Olympic gold medalist in an individual event by beating Duff Gibson‘s record. Gibson, a Canadian skeleton racer, set the record during the 2006 Turin Olympics at 39.
Secondly, Bjoerndalen matched Norwegian cross-country skier Bjorn Daehlie‘s 12 medals, which were won between 1992 and 1998. In addition, Bjoerndalen could take over as most-decorated Winter Olympian. While Bjoerndalen was not the favorite to win the 10-km sprint, Norway are favorites to at least medal during both the mixed relay and men’s relay. However, Norway team leader Per Arne Botnan has not set the participants yet.
Bjoerndalen is one step closer to breaking more records in Sochi. The last time he won the Olympic sprint title was during the 1998 and 2002 Olympics. It seems like the Norwegian biathlete is more prepared than ever even at his older age.
Bjoerndalen knows this is most likely his last Olympics, and he will want to go out on top and leave without any regrets. He is showing both Olympic participants and spectators that you don’t have to be in your prime as a youngster to succeed in the Olympics.
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