Bjoergen becomes three-time Olympic champ

Norway's Marit Bjorgen (R) (AFP Photo / Javier Soriano)
Norway’s women’s cross-country skiing team has grabbed the gold medal in the 4 x 5 kilometer relay (classic/free) race at the Vancouver Games.

The quartet of Vibeke Skofterud, Kristin Stoermer Steira, Johaug Therese and Marit Bjoergen finished with a solid 24-second advantage over second-place Germany. Finland came in third.

The result saw Bjoergen becoming a three-time Olympic champ after taking the gold in the 4x5 kilometer relay (classic/free) and individual sprint classic. She also took the bronze in the ten kilometer free race in Vancouver.

Russia, which triumphed in the same field at the Turin Games four years ago, failed to repeat its success in Canada.

Olga Zavjalova, Irina Khazova, Evgenia Medvedeva and Natalia Korosteleva finished 8th, the same as the Russian men’s team one day earlier.

Giant Slalom brings eighth Olympic gold to Germany

Germany won its eighth gold medal at the Vancouver Winter Olympics after Viktoria Rebensburg triumphed in the women’s Giant Slalom.

The 20-year-old crossed the finish line 0.04 of a second ahead of Slovenia’s Tina Maze, while the bronze medal went to Elisabeth Goergl of Austria.

Russia had few medal hopes at Whistler Creekside, with Lyaysan Rayanova finishing 37th with a ten-second gap from the winner.

US success in Nordic combined

And it was a US one-two in the Nordic combined Individual LH/10 kilometer competition at the Vancouver games.

The fate of the medals was decided in a 10-kilometer ski race in which Bill Demong and Johnny Spillane surpassed Bernhard Gruber, who led after the ski jump, to take the gold and silver respectively for their country.

In the end, Gruber settled for the bronze.

Canada beat US for women’s hockey gold

Canadian men’s hockey team devastated Russia in the Olympic quarterfinals a day ago, and now there’s more to celebrate for the fans of the Games’ hosts, as their women’s squad cruised to gold in the finals against their archrivals from the US.

Marie-Philip Poulin became the heroin of the game. She scored the opener for the maple Leafs on the 14th minute of the first 20 minutes and added another goal some three minutes later on a power play.

The Canadian team then managed to maintain the 2-0 score till the end of the third period to deliver the 8th Vancouver gold for their country.

In the game for the bronze, an overtime effort from Karoliina Rantamaki gave Finland a win 3-2 win over neighboring Sweden.

Kim Yu-Na wins South Korea’s first ever Olympic figure skating title

Kim Yu-Na’s star performance in women’s figure skating granted South Korea their 8th gold in Vancouver.

Kim Yu-Na, who had a solid lead after the short program, kept up her great pace, with some flawless showing in the free skate section.

The 19-year-old made her way to victory by a massive 23-point margin over her nearest challenger, Mao Asada of Japan.

Canada's Joannie Rochette took the bronze, much to the delight of the home fans at Pacific Coliseum.

"I can't believe this day has finally come for me. I still can't believe the score that I received, I'm really surprised. It's almost as close as the men's score," Kim told the official website of the Games.

Both Russian participants finished their free skate in the Top 10 – Alena Leonova was 9th, with countrywoman Ksenia Makarova right behind.

Belarus celebrate first gold

Alexey Grishin has become a hero for Belarusian fans after wining gold in men's Olympic aerials.

Grishin got a total of 248.41 points in his two jumps on Cypress Mountain to finish just ahead of US Jeret Peterson, on 247.21, and Liu Zhongqing of China, who snatched the bronze.