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World Champions Will Try to Achieve Olympic Gold on Monday in Turin


The pairs freeskate program highlights action at the 2006 Olympics Monday in Turin, Italy as top Russian and Chinese pairs duel for a gold medal.

Two-time world and five-time European champion Maxim Marinin and Tatiana Totmianina of Russian placed first in the short program Saturday. They will try to hold off Zhang Dan and Zhang Hao (not related). The Chinese pair is second after the short program.

Gold is up for grabs in the women's 15-kilometer biathlon, which combines shooting with cross-country skiing. Seven-time world champion Liv-Grete Poiree of Norway will seek her first Olympic gold in her third appearance at the Winter Games.

Women's half-pipe snowboarding will award a gold medal, with 2002 Olympic champion Kelly Clark hoping to take home another gold and lead a U.S. sweep.

The men go for gold in the 500-meters long track speed skating event.

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