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Marit Bjoergen of Norway wins women's 30-km mass start gold

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But the Norwegians have a record 39 medals overall, compared to Germany's 31.

The 37-year-old leaves PyeongChang as the most decorated Winter Olympian, a mark she broke by taking bronze as part of Norway's bronze medal in the women's team sprint.

Marit Bjoergen grabbed a record-extending 15th Winter Olympics medal as she won the 30km cross-country to put Norway top of the final medals table in Pyeongchang on Sunday.

Bjoergen destroyed the field, increasing her lead over silver medallist Krista Paramakoski of Finland at every split time until she crossed the finish line in her last Olympic race. "I came to this Olympics to take one individual gold medal, and today I had the chance", she explained.

Then in the final event of the Games, Norway's Bjoergen claimed her second gold in Pyeongchang as she signed off from her record-breaking Olympic career in style.

After stunning Canada in the semi-final, Germany were on the cusp of creating more havoc, after two quick-fire goals from Dominik Kahun and Jonas Muller saw them leading the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation 3-2 with three minutes of the gold medal match remaining.

Germany did have some golden success on the final day at the Alpensia Sliding Centre, where Francesco Friedrich secured his second gold of the games.

After the final event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Norway and Germany both have 14 gold medals.

The Russian side had never won ice hockey men's gold, and with a man in the penalty, they were short-handed chasing a late equaliser. Bjorgen won gold in the 30km in Sochi four years ago. Canada are third with 11 golds, while hosts South Korea are seventh.

However, the fairytale of South Korea's smash-hit "Garlic Girls" women's curling team ended in a stinker, as they lost the final 8-3 against Sweden.

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