All’s well that ends well for Team Canada 

Seven gold medals in last four days helps set Olympic record

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Three medals from alpine skier Aksel Lund Svindal and two from biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen accounted for 14 of Norway's 23 medals.

The ladies' 30 km classic race went to Justyna Kowaczyk of Poland, with Marit Bjoergen a step back in second. Aino-Kaisa Saarinen of Finland was third. The top Canadian was Sara Renner, 16 th .



The biathlon wrapped up with the men's and women's relay events.

In the men's 4x7.5 km relay the Norwegian team of Halvard Hanevold, Hegle Emil Svendsen, Ole Einar Bjoerndalen and Tarjei Boe placed first. They were followed by teams from Austria and Russia.

The Canadian team - Robin Clegg, Marc-Andre Bedard, Brendan Green and Jean Philippe LeGuellec - placed a solid 10 th out of 19 teams.

The women's 4x6 km relay took place Feb. 23. The Russian team of Svetlana Sleptsova, Anna Bogaliy-Titovets, Olga Medvedtseva and Olga Zaitseva placed first, with teams from France and Germany finishing a close second and third. Canada was 15 th out of 19 teams.


Nordic Combined

The second event in the Nordic Combined schedule was the Long Hill/10 km event, and heralded the unlikely rise of the U.S. to the top of a sport that has been traditionally dominated by Europeans. Athletes Bill Demong and Johnny Spillane finished first and second, followed by Bernhard Gruber of Austria.

Jason Myslicki was the only Canadian in the competition, placing 44 th out of 46 competitors.



Canadian women netted a rare double podium in women's bobsleigh on Feb. 24, with the tandem of Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse setting three track records en route to the gold medal. The team of Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown jumped from fourth to second with one of the top runs in the fourth round of racing. A U.S. team was third.

That set the stage for the four-man competition. Despite leading after two runs the Canada 2 team of Lyndon Rush, Chris Li Bihan, David Bissett and Lascelles Brown could not hold on and in the end settled for third place behind the Night Train - the U.S.A. 1 sled and the top German team.


Speed Skating

Despite a rocky start and some disappointing finishes, the Canadian speed skating team finished the Games with nine medals in both long and short track events.

On Feb. 24, Canada finished second in the women's 3,000 metre short track relay, sandwiched between teams from China and the U.S. The team included Jessica Gregg, Kalyna Roberge, Marianne St-Gelais and Tania Vicent.

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