Greg Hughes - Wednesday Feb. 19, 2014 11:02 ET

Ole Einar Bjørndalen makes Winter Olympics history

Norwegian wins 13th Olympic medal with biathlon mixed relay gold

Norway takes gold
Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Emil Hegle Svendsen, Tora Berger and Tiril Eckhoff win gold. (Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images)
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Norway's Ole Einar Bjørndalen has made Winter Olympic history by winning his 13th Olympic medal, becoming the most decorated Winter Olympian ever. 

Bjørndalen, competing in his sixth Winter Olympics, now has eight gold medals over his Olympic career with Norway taking first place in today's debut of the biathlon mixed relay event.

Norway won the event with a final time of 1:09:17.0. Team Norway — a biathlon dream team made up of Bjørndalen, Emil Hegle Svendsen, Tora Berger and Tiril Eckhoff — was completely dominant throughout, winning the first-time event by nearly 33 seconds. 

Silver went to the Czech Republic, coming in with a time of 1:09:49.6. Bronze went to the Italians with a time of 1:10:15.2.

Canadians struggle again 

It was a rough day once again for Canadians at the Laura Biathlon & Ski Complex. 

Canada's mixed biathlon team finished in 12th place with a time of 1:13:27.7 — a frustrating result for the Canadians. 

The team, made up of Rosanna Crawford of Canmore, Atla., Megan Imrie of Falcon Lake, Man., Brendan Green of Hay River, N.W.T. and Scott Perras of Regina, Sask., battled but were hampered when Imrie fell on her leg of the relay. 

"It broke a little piece of my rifle. When I went down I was filled with adrenaline and lactic acid, and when I got back up it was like the end of a 15km. I felt totally blasted," Imrie said. 

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