Winter Games Athletes
After taking home a whopping five medals and finishing as the most celebrated athlete at the 2010 Games, the 33-year-old Bjoergen heads to Sochi looking to add to her collection. The Norwegian superstar won gold in the individual sprint, the 15km pursuit and the 4x5km relay, adding silver in a 30km classic race and bronze in the 10km freestyle. While Bjoergen destroyed the competition in Vancouver, making her way to the top of the podium may not prove as easy this time around. She will need to contend against U.S. star Kikkan Randall, who is considered the favorite in the sprint despite having never medaled at the Olympics. Bjoergen ranks first in the all-time World Cup standings with a remarkable 62 individual victories, most recently beating Randall in a photo finish Dec. 15 in a sprint freestyle race. She also won gold in the 15km freestyle the previous day and 4x5km relay the week before. Bjoergen was named Queen of Nordic Skiing for the 2012-13 season after winning four more gold medals and a silver at the world championships. Bjoergen, who recorded exactly the same medal count at the previous worlds, has posted eight individual wins and four team victories at the event. She is currently ranked third in the FIS overall standings, fourth in distance and fifth in sprint. Look for Bjoergen to make what could be her final Olympics a memorable one.