Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen skiied his way into the history books Feb. 19 by winning gold in the mixed relay event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The medal is Bjoerndalen's 13th podium finish, making him the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time.
The 40-year old Bjoerndalen, who initially made history on Feb. 8 by becoming the oldest man to stand atop the podium at a Winter Games with a win in the men's sprint, began his long Olympic career in 1994 on home soil at the Lillehammer Games, though he didn't win his first medal until four years later. The 1998 Nagano Games saw him claim the first of his eight golds, in the men's sprint, as well as silver in the men's relay. He enjoyed the most success in 2002 at the Salt Lake City Games, where he scored gold medals in all four events he entered.
The victory, which he achieved alongside teammates Tora Berger, Tiril Eckhoff, Emil Hegle Svendsen with a field-best time of 1:09:17.0, breaks the record Bjoerndalen previously shared with countryman Bjoern Daehlie, who won 12 medals over his own storied Olympic career. It also ties Bjoerndalen with Daehlie for the most gold medals won in Olympic Winter Games. Both have eight, and Bjoerndalen has one more chance to up his total during the Feb. 22 4x7 km relay.
Biathlon action at the 2014 Winter Olympics continues Feb. 21 with the women's 4x6 km relay.