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Norwegian men, German women win Olympic gold in cross-country skiing team sprint

Martha Bellisle
The Associated Press
Gold medal finishers Katharina Hennig, of Germany, left, and Victoria Carl, of Germany, celebrate during a venue ceremony after the women's team sprint classic cross-country skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China.
Aaron Favila/AP

ZHANGJIAKOU, China — Norwegian skier Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo completed a second straight Olympic cross-country sprint double on Wednesday and Victoria Carl of Germany barely edged Swedish rival Jonna Sundling at the line in the women’s race.

Klaebo became the first man to win both the team and individual sprint races at two straight Olympics. Bjorn Lind won both at the 2006 Turin Games but failed to repeat four years later in Vancouver.

Klaebo and Norwegian teammate Erik Valnes won the men’s race in 19 minutes, 22.99 seconds.



“To do it as a team, it’s something we have been working really hard for,” Klaebo said. “We have been training together for a couple of years now and it’s an amazing feeling.”

Joni Maki of Finland stayed ahead of Russian skier Alexander Terentev to take silver, 2.46 seconds behind the Norwegians. The Russians earned bronze, 4.29 seconds behind.




Maki teamed with Iivo Niskanen, who won gold in the 15-kilometer classic race and bronze in the skiathlon.

“It was nice to get it and, well, it’s quite easy with the world’s best classic skier,” Maki said. “I’m happy with this medal.”

Terentev’s teammate was Alexander Bolshunov, who won gold in the skiathlon.

The three leaders broke away from a group of eight on the final lap. Sweden finished fourth, 15.06 seconds behind, and Canada was fifth, 22.31 behind.

In the women’s race, Carl and teammate Katharina Henning won in 22:09.85. Sundling and Maja Dahlqvist ended up second, a mere .17 seconds behind.

“It means a lot for us, also the silver medal in relay and today the gold medal in team sprint,” Henning said. “It means a lot and we are very thankful for the whole team. It’s very important for cross-country in Germany.”

The race was a bit of an upset for Sweden. Sundling and Dahlqvist finished 1-2 in the sprint race.

“It was a tough fight for me and Maja,” Sundling said. “We did all we could in the last lap, and for me when I came to the finish line, it was a really tough fight against Germany. Victoria Carl was a little bit stronger today in the end. But I’m really satisfied with my race and glad to share this with Maja.”

The Russian team of Natalia Nepryaeva and Yulia Stupak took bronze, .71 seconds behind.

“It was a good finish but also a really hard race for us,” Stupak said. “But after some years with fourth place, it’s good for us because we have a medal.”

Finland finished fourth, just ahead of the defending champion United States. Jessie Diggins, who won gold four years ago with Kikkan Randall, teamed up with Rosie Brennan for the Americans this year.

Diggins won bronze in the individual sprint at the Beijing Games.

Victoria Carl, of Germany, right and Katharina Hennig celebrate a gold medal finish during the women's team sprint classic cross-country skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Joni Maki, of Finland, left, and Iivo Niskanen, of Finland, celebrate a silver medal finish at the men's team sprint classic cross-country skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, of Norway, celebrates as he nears the finish line during the men's team sprint classic cross-country skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Victoria Carl, of Germany, left, celebrates with teammate Katharina Hennig after the women's team sprint classic cross-country skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
From left, silver medal finishers Sweden, gold medal finishers Germany and bronze medal finishers Russian Olympic Committee pose during a venue ceremony after the women's team sprint classic cross-country skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Victoria Carl, of Germany, celebrates a gold medal finish ahead of silver medal finisher Jonna Sundling, of Sweden, right, and bronze medal finisher Natalia Nepryaeva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, during the women's team sprint classic cross-country skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, of Norway, right, celebrates a gold medal finish with Erik Valnes, of Norway, left, during the men's team sprint classic cross-country skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Jovian Hediger, of Switzerland, left, and Jonas Baumann, of Switzerland, react after the men's team sprint classic cross-country skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Victoria Carl, of Germany, left, celebrates a gold medal finish ahead of Natalia Nepryaeva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, center, and Jonna Sundling, of Sweden, right during the women's team sprint classic cross-country skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
From left, silver medal finishers Sweden, gold medal finishers Germany and bronze medal finishers Russian Olympic Committee pose during a venue ceremony after the women's team sprint classic cross-country skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, of Norway, right, celebrates a gold medal finish with Erik Valnes, of Norway, left, during the men's team sprint classic cross-country skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Victoria Carl, of Germany, left, celebrates a gold medal finish ahead of Natalia Nepryaeva, of the Russian Olympic Committee, center, and Jonna Sundling, of Sweden, right during the women's team sprint classic cross-country skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Silver medal finishers Iivo Niskanen, of Finland, left, and Joni Maki, of Finland, celebrate during a venue ceremony after the men's team sprint classic cross-country skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Victoria Carl, of Germany, left, and Katharina Hennig, of Germany, second from left, celebrate a gold medal finish during the women's team sprint classic cross-country skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Denise Herrmann of Germany collapses at the finish line during the women's 4x6-kilometer relay at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
From left, Silver medal finishers Finland, gold medal finishers Norway and bronze medal finishers Russian Olympic Committee pose during a venue ceremony after the men's team sprint classic cross-country skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
From left, Silver medal finishers Finland, gold medal finishers Norway and bronze medal finishers Russian Olympic Committee pose during a venue ceremony after the men's team sprint classic cross-country skiing competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

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