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Norwegian Skier Wins Fifth Olympic Gold

Norwegian cross country superstar Marit Bjoergen won the fifth Olympic gold medal of her career on Wednesday at the Sochi Games.

She and teammate Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg finished first in the women's relay race, where teams of two women each perform three alternate sprints. Finland won silver and Sweden bronze.

Bjoergen had already won the skiathlon in Sochi to go with her three golds from Vancouver in 2010.

In the men's team cross country sprint, Finland took advantage of a fall by its German rivals on the final descent to take gold. The Finnish duo of Sami Jauhojaervi and Iivo Niskanen posted the winning time. Russia won silver and Sweden bronze.

Also Wednesday, American skier Ted Ligety won gold in the men's giant slalom. His two-run time edged out France's Steve Missillier, who took the silver, and another Frenchman, Alexis Pinturault, who won bronze.

Switzerland's Patrizia Kummer won the first-ever women's parallel giant slalom snowboarding event, and Russia's Vic Wild won the men's competition.



Athletes are also competing for medals Wednesday in women's bobsled, women's 5,000-meter speedskating, and the mixed biathlon relay.

Women's figure skating begins with the short program, as South Korea's Yuna Kim tries to become the first back-to-back champion in the event since 1988.

Her competition includes 2010 silver medalist Mao Asada from Japan, and 15-year-old Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia, who emerged as a star last week helping host Russia win gold in the first-ever team competition.

Curling moves closer to its medal round, as both men and women compete in semifinal matches. Men's ice hockey holds its quarterfinals.

Russia leads in the overall medal count with 22. The United States has 21, the Netherlands 20, Norway 19, Canada 17 and Germany 15. In gold medals, Germany and Norway are tied with eight apiece.

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