Charlotte Kalla wins first gold medal of Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Koreas set to show sporting unity at Olympics

The mood of reconciliation strengthened Saturday with North Korea's Kim inviting South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Pyeongchang for a summit at the earliest opportunity.

Sweden's Charlotte Kalla held off Norwegian cross-country legend Marit Bjoergen to win the women's skiathlon and claim the first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olympic Games.

Also Saturday, host country South Korea got the chance to celebrate one of its own, when Lim Hyojun won gold in the men's short track speed skating.

The Netherlands' Sjinkie Knegt took silver.

Bjorgen's silver means that the 37-year-old now has a total of 11 medals. The Norwegian won her 11th career medal to break a tie with Raisa Smetanina of Russian Federation and Stefania Belmondo of Italy.

Late in the race, Kalla seemed re-energized and pulled away with a burst.

"I was quite nervous today and the Olympics is something I have focused on for a long, long time", said Kalla.

With about a dozen racers close together as they made the switch from freestyle skiing to skating style, Kalla began evaluating when she would attack. "I have been very good for many years but I'm also getting older and the younger girls are getting better", Bjoergen said, according to The Associated Press.

Sochi Games champion Marit Bjoergen of Norway, who has made a decision to skip Thursday's 10km sprint race, took the silver 7.8 seconds behind Krista Parmakoski of Finland won the bronze.

While her time fell short of a medal, Diggins' fifth place finish represented another history-making moment - it was the best ever for an American woman in the sport.

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Diggins, who placed eighth in this race at Sochi, had constructed some enduring encouragement.

Carlijn Achtereekte surprisingly beat two-time 3,000-meter champion Ireen Wust.

Parmakoski, 27, finished 10.1 seconds behind Kalla to claim her third Olympic medal while Team GB's Annika Taylor was last of the finishers in 60th position.

The Netherlands won 23 of 36 speedskating medals in Sochi four years ago.

Bjoergen was 14th after the first of the four laps, but bolted to the lead on the outside on the second lap.

The first combined Korean team was overmatched by the Swiss, but that didn't mute fans' enthusiasm for a team dressing three North Koreans.

Germany's Laura Dahlmeier won the first biathlon gold of the Games in the women's 7.5-kilometer sprint.

Marit Bjoergen of Norway took the silver in 40: 52.7 and Krista Parmakoski of Finland won the bronze in 40: 55.0.

Andreas Wellinger won gold in men's ski jumping.

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