February 25, 1988 |
Soviet skiers swept all three Olympic medals today in the women's 20-kilometer cross-country ski race. Tamara Tikhonova won the gold medal in Olympic record time of 55:53.6, Anfissa Reztsova won the silver medal and Raisa Smetanina took the bronze medal. Smetanina, a physical education teacher who turns 36 next Monday, tied a Winter Olympics record for most lifetime medals by winning her ninth medal. The four-time Olympian had previously won three gold medals and five silvers.
February 14, 1998 |
No man has won more at the Winter Olympics than Bjorn Daehlie, which makes losing that much harder. Especially this loss, this way--so close to yet another gold medal. Daehlie and fellow Norwegian Thomas Alsgaard skied stride for stride for the final two-thirds of their 15-kilometer freestyle pursuit Saturday, just as they have so many times in so many races. This time, Daehlie, the man who usually wins, lost, as Alsgaard overtook him in the final 100 meters. Alsgaard finished in 39 minutes 37.
February 18, 1998 |
Bjorn Daehlie's chance at Olympic history rested with his Norwegian teammate and rival, Thomas Alsgaard--the same man who had denied Daehlie a record seventh gold medal by surging past him in a race last week. Wednesday, Alsgaard helped put Daehlie in the record books.
February 26, 1988 |
Tamara Tikhonova led a Soviet medal sweep in the grueling 20-kilometer race at Canmore Thursday, and teammate Raisa Smetanina became the most successful female athlete in Winter Olympics history. Smetanina, who finished third, has now won three golds, five silvers and one bronze medal in an Olympic career that began in 1976 at Innsbruck, Austria. Her ninth medal put her ahead of Galina Kulakov of the Soviet Union, who also was a cross-country skier.
February 18, 1994 |
A couple of express trains stayed right on schedule Thursday in Olympic cross-country skiing, one Norwegian, the other Russian. And in Norway's case, a switch engine was doing the hauling. Bjorn Daehlie, winner of three gold medals and a silver in the 1992 Albertville Games, and a silver in the 30-kilometer freestyle Monday, earned his first gold before the home folks, winning the men's 10-kilometer classical race in something of an upset.
February 27, 1988
According to David Wallechinsky's "The Complete Book of the Olympics," controversy in figure skating judging has been with us from the start. In the 1908 Olympic Games at London, Russia's Nicolai Panin, who had upset world champion Ulrich Salchow of Sweden earlier in the year, withdrew in protest after the compulsories, claiming the judging was stacked against him. In the 1927 world championships at Oslo, there was one judge from Germany, one from Austria and three from Norway.