Cologna dominates in cross-country

Switzerland's Dario Cologna exults after capturing his second gold medal in the Sochi Games.KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images


Switzerland's Dario Cologna exults after capturing his second gold medal in the Sochi Games.

After a season blighted by an ankle injury, Dario Cologna is finally having his day in the sun.

Wearing short sleeves and sunglasses in the springlike weather, the Swiss cross-country skier won his second gold medal of the Sochi Olympics with a dominant performance in the 15-kilometer classical-style race Friday.


Cologna, a three-time overall World Cup winner, had ankle surgery in November and only returned to competition in January.

‘‘It’s amazing,” he said. “I couldn’t believe the first gold medal, after being injured, and now the second. The first gold was emotional after coming back from injury, the second is unbelievable.’’

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No one could match Cologna’s speed over the last half of the race, and he beat silver medalist Johan Olsson of Sweden by 28.5 seconds.

Another Swede, Daniel Richardsson, took bronze after his strong finish put him 0.2 seconds ahead of Iivo Niskanen of Finland — to the delight of Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, who were in attendance.


Women’s 15k individual — Darya Domracheva’s unmatched skiing pace earned the Belarusian biathlete her second gold medal of the Sochi Olympics.


In the women’s 15-kilometer individual race, Domracheva missed one target — the fourth in her opening round of the standing shooting — but she easily made up the penalty minute for a comfortable victory.

Selina Gasparin of Switzerland shot cleanly and finished 1:15.7 behind to take silver. Nadezhda Skardino of Belarus also avoided mistakes and finished 1:38.2 behind in third.


Men — The Russian Rocket is soaring all alone.

Powering down his home track like a missile on ice, Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov built a surprisingly large lead over Latvia’s Martins Dukurs after the first two heats.Tretiakov completed his two trips down the Sanki Sliding Center track in 1 minute, 51.99 seconds — 0.56 seconds ahead of Dukurs, the man he’s been trying to catch all season. Dukurs, who won the silver in Vancouver, entered the Sochi Games as a strong favorite


Women — Britain set an Olympic record by stealing 5 points in one end en route to a 12-3 win over Japan, securing back-to-back wins for the world champions for the first time at the tournament.

China has the same record after needing only eight of the allotted 10 ends to beat South Korea, 11-3. Canada (5-0) and Sweden (4-1) are the top two teams and weren’t in action.

Erika Brown’s US rink is all but mathematically out after a 9-2 loss to Denmark left the Americans at 1-5. They are tied with the Danes at the bottom of the standings.

Men — China and Britain won tense games that went down to the final rocks to create a three-way tie with Sweden atop the standings.

The US playoff hopes were dented in a 7-6 loss to Russia in the most heart-stopping finish this week. US skip John Shuster threw the game’s final shot, his stone glancing off a Russian rock and leaving four surrounding the button — two from each team.

Players from both rinks peered to see which was the closest — it proved to be one of Russia’s by a tiny fraction.

‘‘He threw a darn good shot,’’ said US curler Jeff Isaacson. ‘‘He only had to hit it within a millimeter more and we would have made it.’’

The US is 2-4 and even finishing with three wins is unlikely to be enough to advance.

Ski jumping

Large hill — Normal hill champion Kamil Stoch put himself in a strong position to add the large hill to his Sochi medal collection after posting the longest jump.

Three Americans qualified for the final — Nicholas Alexander of Brattleboro, Vt., Anders Johnson of Park City, Utah, and Nicholas Fairall of Andover, N.H.

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