Hours after Team USA's Sage Kotsenburg earned the first gold medal of the 2014 Winter Olympics in the inaugural run of the men's snowboard slopestyle event on Feb. 8, Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen created a memorable moment of his own by becoming the oldest man ever to win Winter Games gold. The highest U.S. finisher was Tim Burke, who came in 19th.
The 40-year old Bjoerndalen won the men's 10 km sprint and claimed the title of oldest gold medalist after missing one target and finishing with a final time of 24:33.5. The previous record was owned by Canadian Duff Gibson, who at age 39 won gold in men's skeleton at the 2006 Torino Games.
Bjoerndalen, whose trip to Sochi marks his sixth Games experience, entered the competition with an impressive 11 Olympic medals to his name, including six gold. After his Feb. 8 win, he needs just one more medal to surpass countryman and cross country skier Bjorn Daehlie's record of 12, which he now shares. Daehlie took just three Winter Games to establish the mark, winning all 12 medals --all silver and gold-- over the course of the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Olympics.
Bjoerndalen's next chance to medal will come during the men's 12.5 km pursuit on Feb. 10.