The Norwegian team of Tora Berger, Tirill Eckhoff, Ole Einar Bjoerndalen and Emil Hegle Svendsen marked a convincing victory in the Olympic debut of the Mixed Relay competition.
The Norwegian team used only 2 spare rounds, and it was Bjoerndalen who skied the decisive leg, opening up a lead over the Czechs and the Italians who were jockeying for places on the podium from the very start.
With this medal, Ole Einar Bjoerndalen took sole possession of the record as the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time. Bjoerndalen was 13 medals: 8 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze.
The Czech team of Veronika Vitkova, Gabriela Soukalova, Jaroslav Soukup and Ondrej Moravec won silver, using seven extra rounds. The medal was the 5th of these Olympics for the Czech Republic, putting them in a tie with Norway for the lead.
Dorothea Wierer, Karin Oberhofer, Dominik Windisch and Lukas Hofer needed only 6 extra rounds to win bronze, Italy’s first medal in biathlon since 1998.
The American team of Susan Dunklee, Hannah Dreissigacker, Tim Burke and Lowell Bailey finished 9th, and Megan Imrie, Rosanna Crawford, Brendan Green and Scott Perras led Canada to a 12th place finish.
Only two biathlon competitions remain in these Olympics; the Women’s Relay on Friday and the Men’s Relay on Saturday. Both competitions start at 9:30 Eastern, 6:30 Pacific.