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Marit Bjoergen lived up to her billing as the hot favorite by winning the womens 15-kilometer skiathlon at Sochi on Saturday, giving the Norwegian cross-country skier her fourth career Olympic gold medal. Cheap NFL Jerseys .  Bjoergen pulled away from Swedens Charlotte Kalla on the final straight to win in 38 minutes, 33.6 seconds and defend her title from the 2010 Vancouver Games. Kalla was 1.8 seconds back. Heidi Weng of Norway took bronze. Bjoergen was the most successful athlete of the Vancouver Games with three gold medals, a silver and a bronze and showed right away she has the ability to match that feat in Sochi. With a group of five skiers staying together until the last kilometer, Kalla tried to pull away in the final tough uphill section and decide the race before the final sprint. Only Bjoergen was able to match her pace going up the hill, and the Norwegian then went in front as they entered the stadium. Kalla had no answer for the strong finish by Bjoergen, who had time to turn her head and then raise her arm in celebration as she crossed the line. The skiathlon event starts with 7.5 kilometers of classical-style skiing before switching to freestyle, making it a tough test of the athletes all-round abilities. Kalla won the 10K freestyle event in Vancouver four years ago and showed she has vastly improved her classical style skiing since then. She has never finished on the podium in a skiathlon on the World Cup circuit and celebrated as if she had won on Saturday, raising her arms to celebrate as she crossed the line behind Bjoergen and then jumping up and down holding her skis in the air. She prevented a Norwegian sweep of the medals, with Therese Johaug finishing fourth. Aino-Kaisa Saarinen of Finland was fifth. Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland, a three-time overall World Cup winner who has been struggling with a foot injury, was with the leading group of seven skiers at the halfway mark but slipped and fell just as she was about to enter her station for the ski change and lost several seconds. She exited the ski change 7.4 seconds behind Kalla, and never came any closer during the freestyle. Entering the last lap, she was nearly 19 seconds behind and she finished sixth, 58.1 seconds back. The next womens event is the individual freestyle sprint on Tuesday, when Bjoergen is again among the favorites. The mens 30K skiathlon is Sunday. Cheap NFL Jerseys Stitched .com) - Mikko Korhonen carded a 5-under 67 on Thursday to claim medalist honors at the European Tours Final Qualifying Stage tournament. Cheap NFL Jerseys 2017 .4 seconds left,  but in the end their comeback could not be completed as the Langara Falcons held on to win.MONT-SAINTE-ANNE, Que. -- Veteran slalom skier Anna Goodman announced her retirement on Saturday, saying shell miss her Canadian teammates as much as the sport shes leaving behind. The 26-year-old from Pointe-Claire, Que., is retiring after nine years on the Canadian team. She made her World Cup debut in 2004 in Austria and skied at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Goodman, the daughter of former national team skier Russell Goodman, will ski one more slalom race on Sunday at the Canadian Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Que. "I have given so much of my life to ski racing and Im just ready to see what else is out there," Goodman said on a conference call. Her career-best World Cup result was a ninth-place finish in 2009. She had taken on more of leadership role on the team over the last five years, including mentoring rising Canadian stars Marie-Michele Gagnon and Erin Mielzynski. Gagnon claimed her first career World Cup podium earlier this month, while Mielzynski recently became the first Canadian in over 40 years to win gold in a World Cup slalom race. "I was really proud to be there when the girls had their podiums and I was proud I was a leader for them over the last five years," said Goodman. "It is very satisfying to see where the womens slalom team has come and how much it has evolved and improved." Goodman said the 2010 Olympics stands out as a high point for her careeer. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale. She finished 19th in the slalom despite suffering a serious knee injury just a month before the competition. Goodman had torn her anterior cruciate ligament but decided to put off the surgery and do whatever it took to make it to the start gate. She had a knee brace fitted and did her best to ski through the pain. "After I tore my ACL I didnt think it was possible," she said. "And the fact that I could still race with a brace on and be there and be part of the team was really special for me." Gagnon and Mielzynski said its tough to imagine the ski team without Goodman. Mielzynski, who made history by winning gold in Ofterschwang, said she wouldnt have made it to the podium without Goodmans help. "This year was the most fun year for me and it was because of Anna. ... I dont think I could have done what I did this year without her," Mielzynski said. "Most of the time in training we were tying or really close. Anna was a big part of that (gold medal) happening." Goodman plans to study business in the fall and hopes to stay involved in skiing through camps and possibly coaching. She said it will be tough to leave her teammates. "Obviously I love my team like theyre your family on the road, its going to be really hard to say goodbye to everybody," her voice trembling. "But I know that well all be really close forever." Cheap JerseysWholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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