Norway won the first Olympic mixed relay in biathlon on Wednesday, and Ole Einar Bjoerndalen became the most decorated Winter Olympian ever with 13 medals.
Bjoerndalen broke the record he shared with cross-country skiing great Bjoern Daehlie, also matching his fellow Norwegian’s record of eight gold medals. Bjoerndalen earlier won gold in Sochi in the men’s sprint biathlon.
Bjoerndalen can win another medal in the final men’s biathlon event of the Sochi Games, the 4x7.5K relay on Saturday.
Tora Berger faulted twice, but Tiril Eckhoff, Bjoerndalen, and Emil Hegle Svendsen all shot cleanly for Norway. They finished in 1 hour, 9 minutes, 17.0 seconds.
Czech Republic was 32.6 seconds behind to win silver, and Italy came in 58.2 seconds behind for bronze.
Parallel giant slalom — Vic Wild, an American native who now competes for Russia, captured the Olympic gold medal in men’s parallel giant slalom about 15 minutes after his wife, Russia’s Alena Zavarzina, won the women’s bronze.
Patrizia Kummer of Switzerland won the women’s gold.
Kummer cruised to victory when Tomoka Takeuchi of Japan missed a gate midway through the second run of the finals.
Women’s 5,000 meters — No Dutch sweep this time. Martina Sablikova saw to that.
Sablikova defended her title, knocking the Netherlands off the top step of the medal podium. The 26-year-old from the Czech Republic set a track record at Adler Arena with a time of 6 minutes, 51.54 seconds.
The Dutch added two more medals to their record haul, as Ireen Wust took the silver in 6:54.28, while 35-year-old mother Carien Kleibeuker grabbed the bronze in 6:55.66.
It was Wust’s fourth medal of the Sochi Games, added to a gold in the 3,000 and silvers in the 1,000 and 1,500.
Women’s semifinals — Canada and Sweden will play off for the gold medal after winning semifinal games that went to the final shot.
, after Swiss skip Mirjam Ott was heavy with a draw shot on her last rock
Men’s semifinals —Canada maintained its grip by beating China, 10-6, setting up a gold-medal game against Britain.
The British defeated Sweden, 6-5, sealing victory with a two-point last rock.
Team sprints — Marit Bjoergen put an end to Norway’s brief cross-country crisis by securing a dominant victory in the women’s team sprint Wednesday.
Finland then surprisingly ended its 16-year gold drought in the sport by winning the men’s event.