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  • Grim talk turns to gold for now at Winter Olympics

  • SOCHI, Russia — All the gloom and grim talk leading to the Sochi Olympics at last gave way to more uplifting things.
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  • SOCHI, Russia — All the gloom and grim talk leading to the Sochi Olympics at last gave way to more uplifting things.
    IOC President Thomas Bach had said it's "time that it finally starts." And so it did Saturday — the first competition since the cauldron was lit.
    In all, 98 gold medals will be awarded over the next 16 days, and five were settled on Day 2.
    Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen became the oldest individual gold medalist at the Winter Olympics, winning the 10-kilometer sprint — his seventh career gold. Cross-country skier Marit Bjoergen, also from Norway, captured the women's 15-kilometer skiathlon for her fourth Olympic title.
    Biathlon
    At age 40, Bjoerndalen became the oldest Winter Olympic gold medalist in an individual sport, bringing him within one gold of the all-time mark of eight held by Norwegian cross-country skiing great Bjorn Daehlie. He was followed by Dominik Landertinger of Austria and Jaroslav Soukup of Czech Republic.
    Cross-Country Skiing
    Bjoergen's gold was tempered by grief. The brother of teammate Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen died "suddenly and unexpectedly" a day earlier, according to Norwegian Olympic officials. Bjoergen, joined by teammates, sobbed in an embrace after the race.
    Bjoergen held off silver medalist Charlotte Kalla in the final straightaway to win in 38 minutes, 33.6 seconds, successfully defending her title from Vancouver. Norway's Heidi Weng won the bronze.
    Speedskating
    Sven Kramer of the Netherlands set an Olympic record and defended his speedskating title in the men's 5,000 before his country's king, queen and prime minister.
    Kramer has been bedeviled at the Olympics, notably in Vancouver when his coach pointed him to the wrong lane in the 10,000. But on this day he surged around the oval, winning in 6 minutes, 10.76 seconds and leading a Dutch sweep in which he was followed by Jan Blokhuijsen and Jorrit Bergsma.
    Hockey
    The U.S. won the opener of the Olympic women's hockey tournament, defeating Finland 3-1 behind Hilary Knight's goal 53 seconds into the game and Jesse Vetter's 14 saves. The Americans can reach the semifinals by beating Switzerland on Monday. Canada beat Switzerland 5-0.
    Moguls
    Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe joined a few other sisters to win gold and silver in the same Olympic event. They did it in women's moguls, where their oldest sister Maxime made it into the finals and finished 12th. French skiers Marieele and Christine Goitschel and Austrian lugers Doris and Angelika Neuner are on the short list of sisters to also go 1-2 in an Olympic event.
    "A dream. A long time, we've dreamed this," said their father, Yves. "It doesn't get any better than this. It doesn't."
    Bobsled
    Sprint star Lauryn Williams was selected to push the U.S. sled driven by Elana Meyers. She has a chance at becoming only the second person to win gold at the Summer and Winter Games.
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