Michael Phelps‘ pursuit of the record for most career Olympic medals — a mark held since 1964 — was a major international storyline at the 2012 Olympics.
Phelps passed retired Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina‘s record of 18 and finished the London Games with 22.
The Winter Olympic record is held by retired Norwegian cross-country skier Bjorn Daehlie, who won 12 medals from 1992 through 1998.
That record could be matched or fall in Sochi. Olympians in three sports are chasing it, led by two more Norwegians.
The most likely is biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, who is one behind Daehlie with 11 medals combined from the 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 Olympics.
Bjoerndalen, known as the “King,” competed in Lillehammer 1994 but did not win a medal and entered one cross-country skiing race at the 2002 Olympics and finished fifth.
In Sochi, Bjoerndalen will surely be part of…
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