Dutch riding high after women skaters' clean sweep

Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:33am EST
 
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By Mark Trevelyan

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Jorien ter Mors led a Dutch clean sweep in the women's 1,500 meters speed skating on Sunday as the Netherlands' medal tally shot up to 17, more than any other nation at the Winter Olympics in Russia.

Norway's Kjetil Jansrud sped to gold in the men's super-G alpine skiing and Czech Eva Samkova won the women's snowboarding cross after yet more tumbles on the testing course where a Russian skier broke her back a day earlier.

Skicross racer Maria Komissarova, 23, was in a serious but stable condition after an operation lasting more than six hours on Saturday to insert a metal implant in her back.

Doctors said it would take three or four days to know how successful the surgery had been.

On the ninth day of medal competition, Sweden won their second cross-country relay gold when they prevailed in the men's 4x10km event, ahead of Russia and France.

But many Russians' thoughts were still on the ice hockey action of the previous day, when a late disallowed goal cost the host nation victory over arch-rivals the United States.

In a rare moment of political unity, supporters and opponents of President Vladimir Putin came together on Twitter to express their outrage after the Americans won in a shootout.

"The puck was in the goal. What an abomination. Cheating before the whole world! Disgusting!" wrote Alexei Pushkov, a senior pro-Putin member of parliament after the score was wiped out because the goal had been shifted from its mooring.   Continued...

 
Jorien ter Mors of the Netherlands skates to a first place finish during the women's 1,500 metres speed skating race in the Adler Arena at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 16, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica