It is the eighth career Olympic medal for Bjoergen, known as the "Iron Lady," and her fourth win, following a golden treble at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, but the 33-year-old remains behind all-time medal leader and fellow Norwegian Bjorn Daehlie, with 12 Olympic medals.
Until the last kilometer of Saturday's race, the medal-winning trio had been part of a five-woman breakaway with four-time world champion Therese Johaug of Norway and Finnish veteran Aino-Kaisa Saarinen, who finished fourth and fifth respectively.
The skiathlon is broken down into two stages of 7.5 kilometers, the first using the classical inline technique before skiers are allowed to switch to freestyle, with a motion similar to ice skating.
News Source : Bjoergen produced a decisive burst of pace on the last stretch to win by 1.8 seconds from Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla. Another Norwegian, Heidi Weng, took the bronze, 13.2 seconds off the lead.