SOCHI, Russia — Another royal visit, more Dutch gold.

Skating before her king and queen, Ireen Wust gave the Netherlands its second speedskating victory by winning the 3,000 in 4 minutes, 0.34 seconds.

Defending champ Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic took the silver while Olga Graf won bronze for Russia’s first medal of the games. Germany’s Claudia Pechstein, 41 and a six-time Olympian, was fourth.

Wust, her nails red, white and blue like the Dutch flag, held up three fingers, signifying her third Olympic gold medal.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: Switzerland’s Dario Cologna had ankle surgery in November, but that now seems ancient.

Cologna won the 30-kilometer skiathlon, pulling away at the top of the last uphill section for a time of 1 hour, 8 minutes, 15. 4 seconds.


It was the second Olympic gold medal for the three-time overall World Cup winner.

Defending champion Marcus Hellner of Sweden took silver; the bronze went to Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby.

BIATHLON: Slovakia’s Anastasiya Kuzmina matched her gold from Vancouver in the women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint.

Kuzmina shot flawlessly and finished in 21 minutes, 6.8 seconds.

The silver medal went to Russia’s Olga Vilukhina and the bronze to Ukraine’s Vita Semerenko.

LUGE: Felix Loch, still just 24, did it again.


The German luger won his second straight Olympic gold medal, leaving the rest of the field in his icy wake. Loch completed four runs down the Sanki Sliding Center track in 3 minutes, 27.562 seconds – 0.476 seconds ahead of Russia’s Albert Demchenko, who won the silver in his seventh Olympics.

Italy’s Armin Zoeggeler won the bronze, giving him a record six medals in six games.

SKI JUMPING: In control from the start, Kamil Stoch of Poland won gold in the men’s normal hill individual ski jump.

Stoch had the best jump in each round, putting him ahead of silver medalist Peter Prevc of Slovenia and bronze medalist Anders Bardal of Norway.

Simon Amman of Switzerland, the defending champion from Vancouver who was seeking a record fifth Olympic gold medal, finished 17th.

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