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Nordic and sliding events so far

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Cross country

Six medals were awarded to six different nations in cross-country, which got underway on Tuesday, Feb. 15 with the Ladies' 10 km Free and the Men's 15 km Free events.

Charlotte Kalla of Sweden was first in the women's event by a long margin. Kristina Smigun-Vaehi of Estonia was more than six seconds back to claim the silver medal and Mari Bjoergen of Norway was a further nine seconds back to take the bronze.

Madeleine Williams was the lone Canadian in the field, placing 51st, 2:45.2 back of the leader.

Things went better in the men's 15 km Free with Ivan Babikov in eighth place, 15 seconds off the podium. Alex Harvey was 21st and George Grey 29th out of 95 starters.

"My legs were tired on the first lap and I didn't know I had it in me today, but the second lap was way better and I fought my way into a top 10 so I have to be happy," said Babikov.

As for Harvey, he was just happy to be there.

"That was my first start at the Olympics so now I am now officially an Olympian," said the 21-year-old Harvey, the son of cross-country legend Pierre Harvey. "I am happy with this result and it was a good prep for me for the 30 km. I now can go into that race and not feel like an Olympic rookie."

The gold medal went to Swiss skier Dario Cologna by more than 24 seconds. He was followed by Pietro Piller Cottrer of Italy and Lukas Bauer of Czech Republic.

The men's and women's sprint competitions took place on Wednesday. They will be followed by the Ladies' 15 km Pursuit (7.5 km classic and 7.5 km free) on Feb. 19 and the men's 30 km Pursuit (15 km classic and 15 km free) on Feb. 20.

The team sprint is on Feb. 22, the men's 4x10 km relay on Feb. 24, the ladies 4x5 km relay on Feb. 25, the ladies 30 km mass start classic on Feb. 27 and the men's 50 km mass start classic on Feb. 28.

 

Biathlon

Canadians haven't been a factor in biathlon before or since the days of Miriam Bedard, but things are changing for both the men's and women's teams with consistent performances in the top 15.

The men's 10 km Sprint on Sunday was good for Canada, with Jean-Philippe LeGuellec leading the way for the Canadian team. He finished an incredible sixth place out of 88 starters, missing just one shot in two trips to the range and skiing for a single penalty lap. He finished the event in 24 minutes, 57.6 seconds, just 50 seconds back of the leader.

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