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The first medal won at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Gold medalist Charlotte Kalla of Sweden celebrates during the Medal Ceremony.
Gold medalist Charlotte Kalla of Sweden celebrates during the Medal Ceremony. Photo: Clive Rose / Getty Images

Charlotte Kalla of Sweden won the first medal of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, taking home the gold in cross-country skiing during the 7.5 km + 7.5km skiathlon event, per Yahoo.

The Netherlands has the most medals after the first official day of the Games — and the United States has yet to reach the podium.

The Netherlands' early successes, propelled by their speed-skating teams:

  • Gold (1): women's 3,000-meter speed-skating
  • Silver (2): women's 3,000-meter speed-skating; men's 1,500-meter short track speed-skating
  • Bronze (1): women's 3,000-meter speed-skating

Notable: Japanese ski jumper Noriaki Kasai set a record for the athlete with most appearances at the Winter Olympics. He has competed at eight straight Winter Games, stretching back to 1992 in Albertville, France.