Belorukova finished third in the women’s classic race, winning the first medal for the OAR cross-country skiing team at the 2018 PyeongChang Games. Just minutes later, two-time world junior champion Bolshunov achieved the same result in the men’s sprint.
The favorite to win the women’s race, Stina Nilsson of Sweden, confirmed her status as the fastest sprinter by taking gold on Tuesday. Maiken Caspersen Falla of Norway failed to defend her Olympic crown won at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, and came in second.
Belorukova, 23, showed the 15th best time in the preliminary round, but breezed through qualifying to reach the decisive stage of the competition, where she claimed bronze. Fellow Russian skier Natalia Nepryaeva finished fourth in the same race.
In the men’s race, Norwegian skier Johannes Klaebo left behind all of his rivals to claim the second gold for his country in skiing events. Italian Federico Pellegrino was the second athlete to cross the finish line, while Russian 21-year-old talent Bolshunov completed the podium.