Norway's Marit Bj√∏rgen (6) and Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk (1) raced ski-to-ski for the lead early in the women's Olympic 15-kilometer cross-country pursuit at Whistler Olympic Park last Friday. Bj√∏rgen won the gold medal, while Kowalczyk, who dominated the sport in 2009, settled for bronze. Bj√∏rgen brought home her first Olympic gold, in the women's sprint, two days earlier; Kowalczyk took the silver.
Noelle Pikus-Pace of Orem, Utah, making her Olympic debut at age 27, was wide-eyed last Thursday during her women's skeleton heat at the Whistler Sliding Center. Pikus-Pace, the mother of a two-year-old girl, qualified for the final last Friday, in which she finished fourth, and promptly retired from competition.
March 1, 2010
Lacy Schnoor of the U.S. put on a snow-spraying show last Saturday during one of her two qualification runs in the women's Olympic freestyle skiing aerials on Cypress Mountain. Schnoor, a 24-year-old former gymnast from Draper, Utah, qualified for the finals, scheduled to take place on Feb. 24.
Alexander Ovechkin of Russia flattened Jaromir Jagr of the Czech Republic at mid-ice early in the third period of their Olympic preliminary-round game on Sunday in Vancouver. The Russians gathered the loose puck, and seconds later Evgeni Malkin scored his second goal for a commanding 3--1 lead. Russia went on to win 4--2 and earned a bye into the quarterfinals.