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Veterans and First-Time Winners Highlight the Action at the Turin Olympics


American speed skater Shani Davis has won his first gold medal while Norway's Kjetil Andre Aamodt and Croatian Janica Kostelic have successfully defended their titles at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

Davis captured the gold medal ahead of countryman - and 500-meters gold medalist - Joey Cheek, finishing in 1:08.89. Dutch veteran Erben Wennemars won the bronze.

In the men's Super-Giant slalom ski event, Aamodt won in 1:30.65, 13-100ths of one second ahead of Austrian Hermann Maier. Ambrosi Hoffman of Switzerland won the bronze medal, 33-100ths of one second behind the winner. American Bode Miller missed a gate and did not finish.

In the women's combined event, Janica Kostelic won the downhill - delayed Friday because of high winds - and took the gold medal. Marlies Schild of Austria won the silver and Anja Paerson of Sweden the bronze. Combined features downhill and two slalom runs and the racer with the lowest total time wins.

Germany's Kati Wilhelm captured the third Olympic gold medal of her career in the women's 10-kilometer biathlon pursuit race by finishing in 36:43.6 with just one shooting miss.

In the men's 12.5 kilometer biathlon race, Frenchman Vincent Defrasne sped past Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen by 2.7 seconds to win gold in 35:20.2.

In the women's 4 x 5 kilometer cross-country relay race, Russia came back from a 12.5 second deficit to win the gold medal in 54:47.7 seconds. Defending champion Germany won the silver medal (10 seconds back) while Italy took the bronze.

In the large hill ski jumping, 19-year-old Austrian Thomas Morgenstern landed the longest jump of the day - 140 meters - to give his country its first Olympic gold in the event in 40 years. Morgenstern's roommate Andreas Kofler of Austria won silver with Lars Bystoel of Norway took the bronze.

In short-track speed skating, South Korea took both gold medals up for grabs. Jin Sun-yu won the women's 1,500-meters title with compatriot Choi Eun-kyung taking silver and China's Wang Meng taking bronze.

In the men's 1,000-meters race, South Korea's Ahn Hyun-soo won the gold with compatriot Lee Ho-suk taking the silver and American Apolo Anton Ohno winning the bronze.

The United States leads the medals table with seven gold medals. Germany is second in the standings with six gold medals and 15 overall. Norway has the most medals overall - 16 - but only two golds.

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

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