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Winter Olympics Headlines

== OLYMPICS === 

Eight medal events and men's hockey quarterfinal games highlighted Wednesday's 
schedule at the Sochi Olympics. 


Norway  captured the first-ever gold medal in the biathlon mixed relay, giving 
Ole  Einar  Bjoerndalen the all-time record  with his 13th medal in the Winter 
Olympics.  Bjoerndalen had  won the men's 10-kilometer sprint earlier in these 
Sochi  Games, but  had failed  to reach  the medal  stand in  his three  other 
events.  With  Norway's win on  Wednesday, though, he moved past cross-country 
skiing  compatriot Bjorn  Daehlie for  the most  medals all-time  among Winter 
Olympians. Bjoerndalen, who is competing in his sixth Olympic Games, will have 
a  chance to  tie the overall gold  medal record with his ninth on Saturday in 
the men's 4x7, 5-km relay. 


American  track  and field star  Lauryn Williams may  not have made history on 
Wednesday, but did walk away with a silver medal in the women's bobsled event. 
Williams,  a two-time  medalist in the Summer Games, was trying to become just 
the  second Olympian  to win gold medals  in both the Winter and Summer Games. 
And  it looked  as if she was going  to get there after her and teammate Elana 
Meyers led the 19-team field after the third heat at the Sanki Sliding Center. 
However,  the tandem stumbled  a bit in the fourth run after a nearly flawless 
heat from the Canadian team of Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse, who became 
the  first women  bobsledders to repeat as Olympic champions with a total time 
of  3  minutes and 50.61 seconds,  .10 seconds ahead of the Americans. Another 
United  States  duo of  Jamie Greubel  and Aja  Evans snuck  in for the bronze 


Ted  Ligety  carved out a  big lead in  the men's giant  slalom and held on to 
finally  win Olympic  gold in the event  he's dominated for years on the World 
Cup circuit. Ligety had nearly a one-second lead after a masterful morning run 
and  finished with a  combined time of 2 minutes, 45.29 seconds after two runs 
to  beat Steve Missillier of France by .48 seconds. Widely considered the best 
giant  slalom  skier of his generation,  Ligety gave the U.S. its first alpine 
gold medal of the Sochi Olympics. 


Swiss  snowboarder Patrizia Kummer edged Japan's Tomoka Takeuchi in the finals 
of  the women's parallel giant slalom. Kummer trailed her Japanese counterpart 
by  .30  seconds after  the first  run, but made  up the  deficit early in the 
second  run  before Takeuchi  took a  spill midway  through the race, allowing 
Kummer  to  cruise to gold for  her first Olympic medal. Takeuchi bettered her 
13th-place finish from the 2010 Games by securing silver for her first Olympic 
medal.  In the  men's race, American-born snowboarder Vic Wild captured a gold 
medal for Olympic host Russia. 


Norway's Marit Bjoergen and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg combined to win gold in 
the women's cross-country team sprint, while the men's team sprint was won by 
the Finnish duo of Iivo Niskanen and Sami Jauhojaervi. Also, Czech Martina 
Sablikova successfully defended her gold medal in the women's 5,000 meters. 


Sweden  punched  its ticket to  the semifinals  of the men's hockey tournament 
with a 5-0 shutout of Slovenia. The Swedes will next play Finland in a rematch 
of the 2006 gold-medal game on Friday. The Finns eliminated host Russia with a 
3-1  win. The United States also advanced to the semis with a 5-2 win over the 
Czech  Republic.  In a rematch  of the 2010 gold  medal contest, Team USA will 
next face Canada, which escaped the quarterfinals with a 2-1 win over Latvia. 



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