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
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.