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Bjoergen golden after Majdic hurt

2/17/2010 - Olympic Sports

WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Marit Bjoergen of Norway
finally earned her first Olympic gold by winning the women's
individual cross-country sprint at the Vancouver Games.

Bjoergen pulled away from Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland and Petra
Majdic of Slovenia in a frantic finish to cross the line in 3
minutes, 39.2 seconds. Kowalczyk won the silver medal, and Majdic
took bronze.

Majdic was the pre-race favorite but skied in severe pain after
injuring her ribs in training crash earlier Wednesday.

Bjoergen took bronze in the 10-kilometer race Monday and had two silver
medals from previous Olympics.