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Norwegian women back on top at Sochi Olympics


SOCHI, Russia (AP) - The Norwegian women revived their cross-country skiing dominance at the Sochi Olympics on a day when the games were hit by a third doping case.

Marit Bjoergen won her sixth career gold medal Saturday 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.

Also, Vic Wild of Russia captured his second gold of the games by winning the Olympic debut of men's parallel slalom snowboarding. Julia Dujmovits of Austria won the women's race.

The Ukraine Olympic Committee said Saturday that cross-country skier Marina Lisogor had failed a doping test, 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.

On Day 16 at the Sochi Olympics, medals also were being awarded in four other sports: Alpine skiing, biathlon and speedskating.

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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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SNOWBOARDING: The American-born Wild, who became a Russian citizen in 2011 after marrying Russian snowboarder Alena Zavarzina, won gold in parallel giant slalom earlier this week. Wild and another adopted Russian, former South Korean short track speedskater Viktor Ahn, have won half of Russia's 10 gold medals in Sochi. Zan Kosir of Slovenia took silver behind Wild, and Karl Benjamin of Austria won bronze. In the women's parallel slalom, Dujmovits edged Anke Karstens of Germany at the finish. Amelie Kober of Germany won bronze.

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jkcjaa52 February 22 2014 at 9:36 AM

I think it's great that the doper's are getting caught !!

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thebutler February 22 2014 at 10:02 AM

It's too bad that AOL's news editors can't spell (or use a spell checker). Multiple misspellings in today's headlines demonstrate a lack of professionalism.

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itsjbagby thebutler February 22 2014 at 11:33 PM

Who gives a ****.

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zippy February 22 2014 at 10:08 AM

Hey; what about Michaela Shiffrin !

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macsportsvt zippy February 22 2014 at 10:19 AM

What about her? Different disipline - different sport - different ... nothing is the same except dedication, endurance, training, work ethic and approximately the same surface but with highly different angles.

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bleustorm February 22 2014 at 11:14 AM

norwegians are cool

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ken&nancy February 22 2014 at 12:02 PM

Tell Barbie to learn punctuation

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tippy301 February 22 2014 at 4:52 PM

Last time I tune in olympics; ever.

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LewTag February 22 2014 at 10:27 AM

Napoleon said a soldier will fight long and hard for a piece of colored ribbon....I don't see much difference between that and a medal at the Olympics...it is the same human psychology at work...it must all be god's will or it would be different...not the manmade god of holy books but the prime mover in the universe...generator, operator, destroyer...it does whatever it wants with whomever it wants....ergo Theofatalism...google for details...

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Barbie February 22 2014 at 11:31 AM

who writes these headlines? this is the THIRD typo i have noticed so far today on AOL....shouldn't your job requirement include proof reading?

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