Double gold for Norway, Games accusations fly

Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:47pm EST
 
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By Julian Linden

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Aksel Lund Svindal flashed down Whistler mountain to win the men's super-G Friday and deny American Bode Miller an elusive gold medal at the Winter Olympics as Norway stormed up the medals table.

Svindal's countrywoman Marit Bjoergen then became the first competitor to win two gold medals in Vancouver when she won the lung-bursting 15 kilometer cross-country pursuit after taking the sprint classic two days ago.

Svindal added a gold to the silver medal he won in the downhill earlier in the week after a superb run down the icy mountain slope that took him to the finish line in one minute 30.34 seconds.

Miller, a multiple world champion who has never won an Olympic gold, had to settle for a silver medal, his third at the Olympics, after crossing the line 0.28 seconds slower than the Norwegian.

The pair were joined on the podium by American Andrew Weibrecht, who came third, on a day when diplomatic relations between some of the competing countries turned frosty.

BITTER DISPUTE

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin weighed into the bitter dispute between Yevgeny Plushenko and his American conqueror Evan Lysacek by declaring the Russian's silver medal as a gold in his eyes.

Plushenko said he did not regard Lysacek as a worthy winner because he was unable to perform a quadruple jump but the American was unimpressed by the former champion's rant.   Continued...

 
<p>Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal reacts after competing in the men's Alpine Skiing Super-G race at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, February 19, 2010. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger</p>