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Norway's Bjoerndalen Chases Record 13th Medal at Sochi Olympics

FILE - Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen skis during the men's biathlon 10 km sprint event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor, Feb. 8, 2014.
FILE - Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen skis during the men's biathlon 10 km sprint event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor, Feb. 8, 2014.
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Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen goes for a record 13th career winter Olympic medal Monday as the 2014 games continue in Sochi, Russia.

The 40-year-old athlete is competing in the 12.5 kilometer biathlon pursuit, two days after winning his first event of the games to become the oldest Winter Olympic individual gold medalist.

Medals are also being awarded Monday in two other skiing events; the women's super combined slalom and men's moguls.

Athletes will also compete for medals in the men's 500-meter speed skating and the men's 1,500-meter short track speed skating events.

Curling begins for both men and women Monday, with four of the six medalists from the 2010 games facing off against each other in their opening matches.

Norway leads the medal count with seven, and is tied with the U.S. and the Netherlands for the most gold medals with two.

There are 98 medal events at the Sochi Games, 12 more than in Vancouver.

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