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Norwegian women, Dutch speedskaters strike gold

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 22, 2014 at 3:36 pm •  Published: February 22, 2014
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The Norwegian women revived their cross country skiing dominance at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday and the Dutch added two more speedskating gold medals to their record haul.

Marit Bjoergen won her sixth career gold medal by leading a Norwegian sweep in the women's 30-kilometer cross-country race. A week ago, Norway's heavily favored women's relay team finished a disappointing fifth, touching off a mini-crisis in the ski-crazed Scandinavian country.

The Netherlands won both men's and women's team pursuit races in speedskating, giving the Dutch eight gold medals out of 12 events, and 23 total in the sport. That's two more golds than the Soviet Union won in speedskating in 1960, the previous record, and 10 more than East Germany's 1988 total medals mark.

In hockey, six-time Olympian Teemu Selanne scored two goals to help Finland rout the U.S. 5-0 in the game for bronze. Finland has won four medals in the last five Olympics, more than any other nation in the NHL era.

Elsewhere, Russia won the 4x7.5-kilometer men's biathlon relay to take its games-leading 11th gold medal; Mario Matt of Austria won gold in the men's slalom; Vic Wild of Russia captured his second gold by winning the Olympic debut of men's parallel slalom snowboarding; and Julia Dujmovits of Austria won the women's snowboarding race.

On Day 16, the Sochi Olympics also was hit by two more doping case. Cross-country skier Marina Lisogor of Ukraine became the third athlete to test positive for banned substances in two days. The 30-year-old Lisogor competed in two cross-country events in Sochi, and did not win a medal. The IOC later announced that Latvian hockey player Vitalijs Pavlovs tested positive for the stimulant methylhexanamine following his team's loss to Canada in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

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CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: Bjoergen is now the most decorated female Winter Olympian in history with 10 total medals and six gold, including three in Sochi and three from Vancouver. Her career total puts her one ahead of Russian cross-country skier Lyubov Egorova, who had six golds and three silvers. Two other women — Stafania Belmondo of Italy and Soviet skier Raisa Smetanina — also have 10 medals, but fewer golds. Therese Johaug took silver in the 30K race, while Kristin Stoermer Steira completed the Norwegian sweep by winning bronze.

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