Norway's Dahlie starts slowly, finishes with third Nordic gold


LES SAISIES, France -- Bjorn Dahlie learned from his mistakes.

In the past, the Norwegian cross country skier has burned out after starting too quickly in the grueling 50-kilometer event. He adjusted his strategy yesterday and came home with a gold medal, capping a Norwegian sweep of the men's Nordic events.

"I decided to save my strength to the end and start slower than usual," said Dahlie, whose best previous 50K finish was fourth in last year's World Championships. It was Dahlie's third gold in the Albertville Games; he also won a silver.


U.S. men take bronze in exhibition event

PRALOGNAN, France -- It's only a demonstration event, but the U.S. men will take what they can get.

The Americans won a bronze medal in curling, beating Canada, 9-2, in the consolation round. The Swiss men's team edged Norway, 7-6, to take the gold.


French men finish 1-2, American gets bronze

LES ARCS, France

LES ARCS, France -- Michael Prufer of France and Tarja Mulari of Finland won the men's and women's demonstration sport of speed skiing, both bettering their own world-record times.

Frenchman Philippe Goitschel took the silver ahead of American Jeffrey Hamilton for the men, while Liss Pettersen of Norway and Renata Kolarova of Switzerland came in second and third for the women.

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