Highlights of the closing ceremony: Beijing ends a Games marked by victory, heartbreak and scandal

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Norway won The first gold medal of the Beijing Games Then she went on to win for two weeks, adding her 16th and final gold on Sunday in the final cross-country skiing over the Games.

The total, a record for a single country in a single Winter Games, capped a relentless display of multi-sport dominance by Norwegian athletes that put the country of five million people comfortably ahead of more populous rivals such as Russia, Germany, Canada and the United States. .

Norway had 37 medals more with five medals than Russia, which took second place in the medal table, and 16 gold medals safely outperforming Germany 12. And while many of its medals came in disciplines that the country has long dominated – it won 14 in biathlon, For example, more than a third of the total – Norway also showed diversity by winning in such sports as ski jumping, Nordic combined, speed skating, cross-country skiing and freestyle skiing.

The same athlete won the first and last medals in Norway: Therese Johaug, who took the first gold of the Games in the women’s ski race the day after the opening ceremony and the last medal in the women’s 30km freestyle which ended just hours earlier. Closing ceremony. In between, Gouhaug collected a third gold medal in the 10km classic.

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“I am so proud and I am so happy,” Johog said, adding, “I was so happy 14 days ago when I first got it, and I can’t believe I should have more.”

Gohoge was one of 11 Norwegian Olympians to leave the Games with more than one medal. Marty Olsbow Royceland (3 gold, 2 bronze) and Johannes Thingens Beau (4 gold, 1 bronze) led the way with five.

With Bo’s older brother, Tarjei, who collected his own four medals in biathlon, the Boe family took 13th place in the overall medal table, tied with South Korea and just ahead of Finland – for the match of cross-country skater Johannes Huesflut Klaipow. Kleibaud came to China with the long-standing hope of winning six gold medals; Instead, he came home with more assortment: two gold, one silver, and one bronze.

“It was a great match for the whole Norway team,” said Gohoge.

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