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Estonian, Swiss, Canadian Athletes Capture Olympic Gold Friday


Canadian sliders have taken the gold and silver medals in the men's skeleton competition, while an Estonian skier earned his country's third gold at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

In men's skeleton, Canada's Duff Gibson took the gold with a combined time of 1:55.88. The 39-year-old Gibson is the oldest competitor to win an individual event in the history of the Winter Olympics.

Compatriot Jeff Pain was second, 0.26 second back with Swiss slider Gregor Staehli taking the bronze medal (1:56.80).

Earlier, Estonia's Andrus Veerpalu earned his country's third gold medal of the games by taking the men's 15-kilometer cross country pursuit race in 38:1.3. Luka Bauer of the Czech Republic earned the silver medal, 14.8 seconds back with overall World Cup leader Tobias Angerer of Germany taking the bronze (38:20.5).

In the women's snowboard cross event, Switzerland's Tanja Frieden took the gold medal while American Lindsey Jacobellis earned the silver. The Bronze went to Dominique Maltais of Canada. Snowboard cross is a new medal event this year.

Meanwhile, the women's combined skiing medal will not be decided until Saturday after high winds forced officials to postpone the downhill race in San Sicario. The race will now be run Saturday.

The United States leads the medals table with six golds followed by Germany and Russia with five golds each. Norway has the most total medals with 13.

Meanwhile, the International Biathlon Union has banned Russian Olga Pyleva for two years after she tested positive for drugs. Pyleva was stripped of the silver medal in the 15-kilometer individual event earlier this week after testing positive for a banned stimulant.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.
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