Jubilation in Nordic nation of 5.3 million at squads 39 medals, eclipsing haul by US with its own population 60 times bigger
For a fortnight every four years, Norway does not function with its customary Scandinavian efficiency. Telephone call run temporarily unanswered; dialogues drift, mid-sentence, into silence; classrooms empty.
” It’s normal, I guess ,” said Christina Nygard, a marketing manager in Oslo.” This is our moment, when we can show the world what we are. Although without boasting too much about it, of course. That wouldn’t be very Norwegian .”
But when Marit Bjorgen stormed to victory in the women’s 30 km cross-country on the final day of the Pyeongchang Games, so far ahead of the field that no one else on the course could even consider her, Norway could be forgiven for boasting a little.
Not merely had Bjorgen, with her 15 th medal, become the most decorated athlete in Winter Olympic history( the second and third on the listing, biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen and the legendary 1990 s skier Bjorn Daehlie, are also Norwegian ).
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