Norway wins women's cross-country relay

Norway wins women's cross-country relay

Published Feb. 25, 2010 3:05 p.m. ET

Norway has won the women's cross-country relay after Marit Bjoergen decided the race on the final leg for her third gold medal of the Vancouver Olympics.

Bjoergen and Italy's Sabina Valbusa went out together at the final exchange Thursday, but the Norwegian immediately pulled away from her only remaining rival and skied alone the rest of the way.

Norway finished the 4x5-kilometer race in 55 minutes, 19.5 seconds.

Germany took the silver after Valbusa faded, and Finland won the bronze.