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Norwegian Cross-Country Athlete

  • Marit Bjoergen is a Norwegian Cross-Country Athlete.
  • She was born on March 21, 1980.
  • She began competing at age seven and took up organised training at age 12.
  • She is a Fitness Instructor by profession.
  • She has the nickname - The Iron Lady.
  • Fred Borre Lundberg is her partner.
  • She was named the 'Queen of Nordic Skiing' for the 2012/13 season by journalists of the Forum Nordicum. She also won the award for the 2010/11 season.
  • She was named Best Female Athlete of 2011 by the International Sports Press Association [AIPS].
  • In 2010 she received the Holmenkollen Medal, Norway's highest honour for winter athletes.
  • She was named Athlete of the Year for 2005 in Norway, as voted by the Norwegian sports journalists.
  • She won two gold medals in the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi - one Ladies' Skiathlon 7.5km Classic + 7.5km Free Skiathlon and the other in Ladies' Team Sprint Classic.
  • She became the first Norwegian woman to win four gold medals at the Olympic Games [summer or winter] when she won the 7.5km + 7.5km skiathlon at the 2014 Games in Sochi.
  • She [33 years 324 days] became the oldest individual female gold medallist in cross-country skiing at the Olympic Winter Games when she won the 7.5km + 7.5km skiathlon at the 2014 Games in Sochi.

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