WINTER OLYMPICS Thursday's results
SPEEDSKATING: For one Canadian skater, a gold medal came much easier Thursday -- and she won't have to share it with anyone. Speedskater Catriona Le May Doan zipped to a controversy-free gold medal, winning her second straight Olympic 500-meter race. She easily defeated the rest of the field in becoming only the second woman to win two straight 500s. She easily defeated a pair of Germans. Monique Garbrecht-Enfeldt of won the silver, and teammate Sabine Volker took the bronze. Le May Doan, on her victory lap, carried a Canadian flag and donned a cowboy hat -- a gift from her husband Bart Doan, a rodeo cowboy and icemaker at the Calgary Olympic Oval.
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: Johann Muehlegg of Spain needed no judges to confirm the cross-country skiing medal that was his second in Salt Lake City. Muehlegg, who became a Spanish citizen after a 1998 split with the German ski federation, was so far ahead after the first portion of the pursuit that even his competition ceded the gold. "We knew we couldn't catch Muehlegg, so the race was on for the silver," said Frode Estil of Norway, who tied with teammate Thomas Alsgaard to share that medal. A last-second lunge by Alsgaard created the tie. Muehlegg finished nearly 30 seconds ahead of the Norwegians. His first medal came in the 30K freestyle event.
WOMEN'S COMBINED: High winds and fog turned things upside down in the ski race, with the slalom runs done first and the downhill delayed until later. When the fog cleared, 20-year-old Janica Kostelic was the winner -- and Croatia had its first Winter Games medal ever. Renate Goetschl of Austria won the silver, and Martina Ertl of Germany won the bronze. American medal hopeful Caroline Lalive, the seventh-place finisher in 1998, dropped out after a fall in the slalom.
SNOWBOARDING: Sorry, dude -- the flow of U.S. snowboarding medals has stopped. In the women's parallel giant slalom, Lisa Kosglow was the only one of four Americans to qualify for the finals -- and that included star racer Rosey Fletcher, who failed to make the cut. Kosglow finished seventh of the 16 qualifiers. Among the U.S. men, only Chris Klug -- 11th of out 16 -- reached the finals. Klug, 29, received a liver transplant just two years ago after battling a rare disease.
WOMEN'S HOCKEY: The U.S. women, defending gold medalists, clinched a medal round berth with a 12-1 victory over China. Cammi Granato posted her first Olympic hat trick as the Americans won their second straight game. Joining the Americans in the medal round were Finland, Sweden and No. 1 seed Canada, the silver medalists in Nagano. Eliminated in the preliminary round were China, Kazakstan, Russia and Germany, with a combined 0-8 mark.
CURLING: The U.S. women, after winning their first two games, have now lost three straight and may not reach the medal round. A 9-4 loss to Denmark, followed later in the day by a 7-6 loss to Switzerland, could leave the Americans on the outside looking in. Only the top four teams in the 10-team round-robin tournament make medal play. "We can't afford to lose anymore," U.S. skip Kari Erickson said. The U.S. men are 2-3 after beating Switzerland Thursday.
NORDIC COMBINED: The men's 90-kilometer Nordic combined team jumping was postponed by high winds. It was tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, weather permitting.