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Originally published Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:13 PM

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U.S. women’s hockey team wins opener, 3-1

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The U.S. women’s hockey team won the opener of the Olympic tournament, defeating Finland 3-1 behind Hilary Knight’s goal 53 seconds into the game and Jesse Vetter’s 14 saves.

Finland goalie Noora Raty shut the Americans down for the next 27 minutes before Kelli Stack double-deflected a pass from Megan Bozek — Raty’s college roommate — to make it 2-0. With 4:01 left in the second period, the U.S. got another good bounce when Alex Carpenter, the daughter of former NHL star Bobby Carpenter, backhanded the puck into the crease.

It deflected off a defender and behind Raty, to make it 3-0.

“They got pretty lucky,” Raty said. “But you have to earn your luck.”

The Americans can reach the semifinals by beating Switzerland on Monday. Canada beat Switzerland 5-0.

Oldest biathlete takes 10K sprint

At age 40, Ole Einar Bjoerndalen became the oldest Winter Olympic gold medalist in an individual sport, winning the 10-kilometer sprint — his seventh career gold — to bring him within one gold of the all-time mark of eight held by Norwegian cross-country skiing great Bjorn Daehlie. He was followed by Dominik Landertinger of Austria and Jaroslav Soukup of Czech Republic.

“I am in super form,” Bjoerndalen said. “I prepared well for this and I am feeling strong.”

In other events

Justine and Chloe Dufour- Lapointe joined a few other sisters to win gold and silver in the same Olympic event. They did it in women’s moguls, where their oldest sister Maxime made it into the finals and finished 12th. French skiers Marieele and Chris tine Goitschel and Austrian lugers Doris and Angelika Neuner are on the short list of sisters to also go 1-2 in an Olympic event. The 1-2 finish kept American Hannah Kearney, the top-ranked and most consistent skier in the world over the past four years, from becoming the first back-to-back winner of an Olympic freestyle event.

Sven Kramer of the Netherlands set an Olympic record and defended his speedskating title in the men’s 5,000 before his country’s king, queen and prime minister. Kramer has been bedeviled at the Olympics, but on this day he surged around the oval, winning in 6 minutes, 10.76 seconds and leading a Dutch sweep in which he was followed by Jan Blokhuijsen and Jorrit Bergsma.

Bode Miller of the U.S. and Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway emerged as favorites on a treacherous downhill course. Miller and Svindal finished 1-2 in the final downhill training run. Asked of his objectives Saturday, Miller said: “Um, not kill myself was primary.”

•Sprint star Lauryn Williams was selected to push the U.S. sled driven by Elana Meyers. She has a chance at becoming only the second person to win gold at the Summer and Winter Games.

Marit Bjoergen of Norway took the gold in the 15-kilometer skiathlon, and she dedicated the race to teammate Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, whose brother died Friday. Bjoergen and her teammates, who also finished third and fourth, broke down in tears as they embraced after the race.



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