Over the course of three appearances at the Olympic Winter Games, Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla has become her country’s most successful female cross-country skier of all time. Curiously, she has won two of her three golds and one of her six silvers on the very same day, 15 February, at four-year intervals.
15 February has a talismanic significance in the life of Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla. It was on that very day in 2010 that she made her Olympic debut, in the 10km freestyle in Vancouver. Starting 31st, she simply blew the rest of the field away, leading at every split and finishing a full 6.6 seconds clear of the defending champion, Kristina Smigun-Vaehi of Estonia, and more than 15 seconds ahead of Norway’s Marit Bjørgen.
Kalla’s victory opened Sweden’s gold medal account at Vancouver and she became the country’s first individual cross-country skiing champion at the Winter Games since Grenoble 1968, when Toini Gustafsson collected two golds.
Four years to the day later, 26-year-old Kalla found herself anchoring for Sweden in the 4x5km relay at Sochi, in a team that also featured Ida Ingemarsdotter, Emma Wiken and Anna Haag. By the time she took over from Haag, Kalla had a 27-second deficit to make up on Finland and Germany, with Krista Lahteenmaki and Denise Hermann fighting it out for the lead on the last leg.
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