Olympic Roundup (Feb. 14): Pair of Swiss skiers earn gold medals

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By David Pace | Associated Press

SOCHI, Russia -- A pair of skiers from Switzerland collected gold medals at the Sochi Games on Friday.

With competitors seeking relief from the unusually warm weather on the mountain trails, Swiss skiers earned gold in the men's super-combined and the men's classical-style 15-kilometer cross-country race. The haul gave the Swiss five golds, only two behind Germany.

Sandro Viletta stunned the favorites to win the super-combined. Two of the favorites, defending gold medalist Bode Miller and world champion Ted Ligety, failed to win a medal.

Dario Cologna added the other gold for Switzerland and his second of the games, winning the sweat-drenched 15K race. Cologna, who had ankle surgery in November, won the 30K skiathlon on Sunday.

On Day 8 of the Sochi Games, three other sports awarded medals: Biathlon, freestyle skiing and skeleton.

CROSS-COUNTRY

Sweden's Johan Olsson captured the silver, finishing 28.5 seconds behind Cologna. Another Swede, Daniel Richardsson, took bronze.

ALPINE SKIING

Viletta finished the downhill and slalom runs in a combined time of 2 minutes, 45.20 seconds. Ivica Kostelic of Croatia earned the silver and Christof Innerhofer of Italy got bronze.

BIATHLON

Darya Domracheva of Belarus earned her second gold medal of the games by winning the women's 15-kilometer individual race. Domracheva, who also won the 12.5K pursuit three days ago, missed one target before finishing in 43 minutes, 19.6 seconds. Selina Gasparin of Switzerland finished 1:15.7 behind to take silver. Nadezhda Skardino of Belarus got the bronze.

FREESTYLE SKIING

Alla Tsuper of Belarus pulled off a stunning upset to win gold in women's aerials. Tsuper beat a field that included defending Olympic champion Lydia Lassila of Australia and two-time Olympic medalist Li Nina of China.

The 34-year-old Tsuper had never finished higher than fifth in four previous Olympics. Xu Mengtao of China won silver while Lassila earned bronze.

CURLING

China and Britain won close games in the men's tournament to move into a three-way tie with Sweden atop the 10-country field. China beat Norway 7-5, while Britain topped Denmark 8-6. In the women's tournament, China beat South Korea, Britain defeated Japan, Russia beat Switzerland, and Denmark topped the U.S., all but eliminating the Americans from the playoffs.

ICE HOCKEY

Canada topped Austria 6-0 in the preliminary rounds of men's hockey. Also, Sweden beat Switzerland 1-0, the Czech Republic downed Latvia 4-2 and Finland defeated Norway 6-1.

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