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8 Gold Medals Up for Grabs at Olympics Thursday


Estonia's Kristina Smigun has captured her second gold medal of the Turin Winter Olympics, with a victory in the women's 10-kilometer classical cross country ski event.

Smigun, who won the 15-kilometer pursuit on Sunday, finished more than 21 seconds ahead of Marit Bjoergen of Norway, who took the silver medal Thursday. Hilde Pedersen, also from Norway, won the bronze.

Seven other gold medals are at stake Thursday, in Turin.

The men's Nordic Combined is on the schedule after high winds postponed the event on Wednesday. Thursday's schedule also includes the debut of men's snowboard cross, while the free program will complete men's figure skating.

Women will ski and shoot for gold in the 7.5 kilometer biathlon sprint. Women will also compete in skeleton singles. Both genders will seek medals in speedskating team pursuit.

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