Cologna golden in Olympics debut

Updated: February 16, 2010, 5:22 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Switzerland's Dario Cologna won the men's 15-kilometer freestyle cross-country race at the Vancouver Games in his Olympic debut.

Cologna collapsed across the finish line after completing the course in 33 minutes, 36.3 seconds Monday.

Italian Pietro Piller Cottrer won the silver in 34:00.9, and Czech skier Lukas Bauer won the bronze in 34:12.0 to go with the silver medal he won in the 15-kilometer classical style race in Turin.

The results were provisional as some lower-ranked skiers had yet to finish.

James Southam of Anchorage was the highest American finisher; his time of 35:58.2 was good for 48th place, 2:21.9 behind Cologna. The other American finishers were Garrott Kuzzy of Minneapolis (58th, 36:41.5), Kris Freeman of Andover, N.H., (59th, 36:41.6), and Simi Hamilton of Aspen, Colo., (64th, 37:30.5).

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.