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Finland men, Norway women win cross-country team sprints

Sochi Olympics Cross Country Sprint

Finland’s Sami Jauhojaervi celebrates winning the gold during the cross-country team sprint competitions at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Matthias Schrader

Finland’s team of Iivo Niskanen and Sami Jauhojaervi won out in a wild finish to the men’s cross-country team sprint that earned a protest of the results.

The final moments of the event saw contact made between leader Jauhojaervi and German skier Tim Tschnarke that sent the latter falling into the snow.

One camera angle appeared to show Tschnarke moving inside in an attempt to get behind Jauhojaervi, while another appeared to have the Finn coming across Tschnarke.

Either way, the contact was made and the German went down, causing the gold to be settled between Jauhojaervi and Russia’s Nikita Kriukov.

Jauhojaervi beat Kriukov to the stripe by less than a second, but then came word of the protest.

Ultimately, however, the results stood up after an official review. The Germans finished seventh after the incident.

Meanwhile in the women’s team sprint, Norway set things right after coming away empty-handed in last weekend’s relay.

Their team of Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and the “Iron Lady,” Marit Bjorgen, won by over nine seconds over the silver medalists from Finland, with Sweden earning the bronze.

Sochi Olympics Cross Country Sprint

Germany’s Tim Tscharnke, center, falls in front of Russia’s Nikita Kriukov, right, after making contact with the skis of Finland’s Sami Jauhojaervi, left, in the men’s classical-style final of the cross-country team sprint competitions at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Dmitry Lovetsky

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MEN’S CROSS-COUNTRY - TEAM SPRINT (CLASSIC)
1. Finland, 23:14.89

2. Russia, 23:15.86
3. Sweden, 23:30.01
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6. United States, 23:49.95

WOMEN’S CROSS-COUNTRY - TEAM SPRINT (CLASSIC)
1. Norway, 16:04.05

2. Finland, 16:13.14
3. Sweden, 16:23.82
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8. United States, 16:48.08

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