Norwegian athletes managed to stay on top of the statistics for winning the most medals at the Winter Olympics in Sochi on Wednesday, but fell in the overall rankings after Germany won more gold. Norway’s latest medal, a bronze, came in the sport that combines ski jumping with cross-country skiing.
Magnus Krog, sporting a red-white-and-blue hair style to mimic the Norwegian flag, skied his way to a spot on the winners’ podium in the combined event Wednesday afternoon. The 26-year-old from Telemark had jumped 115.8 meters before skiing fast enough to win the bronze medal behind gold-medal winner Eric Frenzel of Germany and silver-medal winner Akito Watabe of Japan.
“It was just fantastic,” Krog told TV2. “I had chills up my spine on the last uphill, when the other were falling behind. I thought, ‘what in the world is happening now, hey, I can take a medal.'”
His performance on the ski trails left Norway with a total of 12 medals in the Olympics so far, ahead of Canada and the Netherlands with 10 each and the US with nine.
Germany tops the rankings now, though, with a total of six gold medals, one silver and one bronze. That compares to the four gold medals held by Canada, Norway and the Netherlands. Canada ranks just ahead of Norway because it also has four silver medals compared to Norway’s three.