Olympics live: Norway’s Johaug wins 30km cross-country race

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Thea Louise Stjernesund of Norway, left, and Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States during the race for the bronze medal in the mixed team parallel skiing event at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Sunday February 20, 2022, in Yanqing District in Beijing. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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Cross-country skier Therese Johaug of Norway won the women’s 30-kilometre mass start, her third gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.

Battling high winds and brutal temperatures, she took the lead early in the race and held on, finishing in 1 hour, 24 minutes and 54 seconds. Johaug also won the skiathlon and the 10 kilometer classic race.

American Jessie Diggins maintained a strong pace behind the Norwegian as gusts whipped the slopes, beating the skiers. She crossed the finish line 1 minute and 43.3 seconds behind Johaug to claim silver. She had already become the first American to win an individual cross-country medal when she took bronze in the sprint earlier at the Beijing Games.

Finland’s Kerttu Niskanen won bronze at 2 minutes and 33.3 seconds.

Strong gusts of wind sent squalls of snow onto frozen slopes as the women skied four laps of a 7.5-kilometre (4.6-mile) course with buffs pulled over their hats, duct tape over their faces and extra layers under their racing suits.

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Francesco Friedrich and Germany put on an unforgettable performance in sliding at the Beijing Olympics.

Friedrich won his second Olympic gold in Beijing and the fourth of his career as he drove to victory Sunday in the four-man event, the final slippery run of these games.

There were 10 sliding events in Beijing. Germany won gold in nine of them and won 16 medals in total. The rest of the world combined collected 14 medals in sliding.

Johannes Lochner won silver for Germany on Sunday and Canada’s Justin Kripps took bronze. Hunter Church finished 10th for the United States and Frank DelDuca tied for 13th.

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Eve Muirhead led Britain to Olympic gold in women’s curling – the sport’s first for the homeland since 2002 – with a record 10-3 victory over Japan.

A day after Britain won silver, losing to Sweden in the final, the women picked up two points in the first end and controlled the scoreboard from there. They essentially clinched it in the seventh after Japanese captain Satsuki Fujisawa failed to keep her last rock in the scoring area.

That left only one red Japanese rock and three yellow British in the house. Muirhead easily removed Japan’s lone stone and scored four goals to take an 8-2 lead, bringing the biggest cheers from British fans in the crowd.

Japan could only manage one point in the eighth. When Muirhead scored two in the ninth, Fujisawa slipped in to bump fists and concede. Another roar went up from the crowd, which included the male silver medalists.

It was the most unbalanced women’s final in Olympic history.

It was the second consecutive medal for the Japanese team of Fujisawa, Chinami Yoshida, Yumi Suzuki and Yurika Yoshida, who won bronze in Pyeongchang. The Swedes won bronze on Saturday night by beating Switzerland.

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Mikaela Shiffrin and the US Mixed Ski Team missed a medal by 0.42 seconds, losing in the bronze medal match of the final alpine skiing event of the Beijing Olympics.

The top-ranked Austrians won gold in the second edition of the Winter Games in the mixed team parallel event, beating Germany in the final.

The United States mostly used Shiffrin on the slower of the parallel courses, and she lost three of her four sets, including in the bronze medal game against Norway. Teammate River Radamus got the win USA needed in the final set to force a 2-2 tie, but he wasn’t quick enough to tip the tiebreaker – the combined times of the fastest man and woman – in favor of the Americans.

Austria also drew the final against the Germans, but Stefan Brennsteiner and Katharina Liensberger won their heats in a faster combined time than Lena Duerr and Alexander Schmid. Austra took silver on the event’s debut in Pyeongchang four years ago.

Shiffrin, a two-time gold medalist, went 0 of 5 in her bid for an individual medal in Beijing. She only reached the finish line in two individual events, finishing ninth in the super-G and 18th in the downhill.

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