February 23, 2010 in Sports

Olympic report

From Wire Reports
 

Women’s hockey U.S. coach Mark Johnson celebrated the 30th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice,” in which he scored two goals, and saw his team avenge its 2006 Olympic shootout loss to Sweden with a 9-1 victory that sends the Americans into the gold-medal game. They jumped ahead 4-0, then put the game away with four goals early in the third period, all against Kim Martin, the goalie who stunned them in Turin. Monique Lamoureux scored three goals. Angela Ruggiero, a four-time Olympian playing in her record 250th game, also scored.

•Canada advanced to the championship game with a 5-0 win over Finland. Meghan Agosta set an Olympic record with her ninth goal, and Canada upped its margin of victory for the tournament to 46-2.

Ice dancing No North American couple had ever won the event. This time, they were 1-2, with Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir winning gold and their United States training partners, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, taking silver. World champions Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin of Russia won the bronze. Turin Olympics silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto of the United States were fourth. The ice dancing silver medal gave the U.S. 25 total, matching the number the country has won at any Winter Games not held in the United States.

Curling U.S. skip John Shuster’s team got an early lead on Canada, but wound up losing 7-2 in a shortened match, eliminating it from the tournament. The Americans finished 2-7 after an 11-6 trouncing by China. The U.S. won bronze in Turin, the first U.S. curling medal at the Olympics and the first in a major men’s competition since 1978. They lost three straight matches in extra ends.

Aerials Americans Ryan St. Onge and Jeret Peterson are headed to the finals in the men’s freestyle – and defending Olympic champ Han Xiaopeng of China and this year’s top jumper, Anton Kushnir of Belarus, aren’t. St. Onge was second in qualifying, Peterson fifth. Han and Kushnir fell on their second jumps.

Cross-country Both team sprints – a freestyle event with two skiers taking turns going three laps – were decided in dashes to the finish. Norway’s Petter Northug did it in the men’s event, pulling away from Germany’s Axel Teichmann. Norway’s Ola Vigen Hattestad – the reigning world champion in the individual and team sprints, and winner of the last two World Cup sprint titles – did not compete. Americans Torin Koos and Andy Newell were ninth. Germany won the women’s team sprint when Claudia Nystad beat Sweden’s Anna Haag across the line by 0.6 seconds. Americans Caitlin Compton and Kikkan Randall were sixth. Russia took bronze in both events.

Ski jumping On his final jump in the team event, 20-year-old Gregor Schlierenzauer soared farther than anyone else in these Winter Games to wrap up the gold for Austria. This was his third medal; he won bronze in both individual events.


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