Winter Olympics Briefing
Sunday 26 February 2006
Winter Games rarely throw up Ian Thorpe-like clusters of gold, but biathlete Michael Greis, of Germany, became the most successful athlete at Turin with his third gold. Greis had won just once on the World Cup circuit, but yesterday he missed only one of 20 targets on the shooting range to win the 15km mass start biathlon. No great romantic, the golden boy, though. Afterwards he said: "If someone told me this morning I'd win a third goal medal I'd have said 'that would be great'." There's a surprise.
Biathlon 2: Four years work and one quick Olympic medal
Sweden's Anna Carin Olofsson completed a rapid journey from biathlon novice to Olympic champion on Saturday when she powered to victory in Saturday's closing 12.5-km mass sprint event. Cheered on by Sweden's King Carl Gustaf, the 32-year-old gave her country its first ever gold medal in women's biathlon - four years after she took it up.
Homeward bound: Murdoch quick to return to the ice
It's a busy life being a top curler. No matter that the disappointment of losing to the US in the bronze medal curling play-off is still fresh in their minds, David Murdoch and his team have to get themselves up quickly for their national championships, which start in Perth on Tuesday. There's a sizeable incentive there, though maybe not as glittering as an Olympic medal. Victory would give Murdoch's men a place in the World Championships later this year. And the way to focus again so quickly? "We have got to try not to think about things too much," says vice-captain Ewan MacDonald.
Quick exit: Thank you Peterson and get out of here
And finally. There's always one. US freestyle skier Jeret Peterson, seventh in the aerials, was expelled from the Games after "an altercation with an acquaintance from the US". Or a fight.
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