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New technique, no problem for Dario Cologna in 15km classic win

Sochi Olympics Cross Country Sprint

of the cross-country sprint at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Felipe Dana

Dario Cologna has followed up his gold medal in the men’s skiathlon last Sunday with another gold in the 15km classic, successfully defending the Olympic title he won in Vancouver when that race was contested in the freestyle technique.

Cologna, who has firmly proven that he’s back to form after suffering a right ankle injury back in November, bested Sweden’s Johan Olsson by a noticeable margin of 28.5 seconds.

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Olsson’s teammate, Daniel Richardsson, managed to get the bronze with one last burst to the finish that put him two-tenths of a second up on fourth-place finisher Iivo Niskanen of Finland.

Attending today’s race was the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, who gave his congratulations to countrymen Olsson and Richardsson in person.

Noah Hoffman finished 31st to lead Team USA’s foursome in the race.

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1. Dario Cologna (SUI), 38:29.7
2. Johan Olsson (SWE), +28.5 seconds
3. Daniel Richardsson (SWE), +38.8 seconds
31. Noah Hoffman (USA), +2:33
38. Erik Bjornsen (USA), +3:15
47. Brian Gregg (USA), +4:12.3
52. Kris Freeman (USA), +4:25.1

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