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An emotional win for Bjorgen after tragedy touches Norway team

Sochi Olympics Cross Country Women

Norway’s gold medal winner Marit Bjoergen, left, hugs bronze medal winner Heidi Weng during the flower ceremony of the women’s cross-country 15k skiathlon at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Dmitry Lovetsky

Norway’s Marit Bjorgen started what could be a big Sochi Olympics for her with a victory this morning in the women’s skiathlon, earning the fourth Olympic gold of her storied career.

The win, along with a bronze-medal effort from Heidi Weng (pictured, right, with Bjorgen), also provided a moment of joy for a team in mourning. The brother of one of Bjorgen’s teammates, Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, sadly passed away on Friday.

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All four of Norway’s skiers today - Bjorgen, Weng, Therese Johaug (4th place), and Kristin Stoermer Steira (23rd place) - wore black armbands.

Reuters reports that Jacobsen thanked her teammates on Twitter for the gesture, calling them "[her] strength through thick and thin.”

Our sympathy and condolences go out to Jacobsen and her family at this time.

Sochi Olympics Cross Country Women

Norway’s gold medal winner Marit Bjoergen skis during the women’s cross-country 15k skiathlon at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Lee Jin-man

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