Third Russian sports official resigns


MOSCOW -- The president of the Russian cross-country skiing federation has resigned after the country's weak performance at last month's Vancouver Olympics.

Vladimir Loginov's resignation Monday made him the third high-ranking sports official to depart following the country's worst-ever performance at the Winter Games, where Russia won only three golds in a 15-medal haul.

Loginov says that the four cross-country medals Russia won in Vancouver "is not sufficient for the authority of Russian skiing sports."

President Dmitry Medvedev urged major changes after Russia finished 11th in the gold count and sixth overall. Russian Olympic Committee president Leonid Tyagachev and deputy sports minister Gennady Alyoshin have since left their posts.