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Last Updated: Friday, 24 February 2006, 22:41 GMT
Winter Olympics Day 14 review

Britain's GB Euan Byers (left), David Murdoch (centre) and Ewan MacDonald
GB skip David Murdoch's team left Turin empty-handed
Britain's men's curlers lost their bronze-medal match 8-6 to USA to go home empty-handed from Pinerolo.

David Murdoch's team were 6-2 down after six ends but they narrowed the gap to 7-6 before America used the last stone in the final end to seal the win.

Canada won the gold medal thanks to a 10-4 victory over Finland in the final.

Julia Mancuso of the USA won the women's giant slalom title and Finland and Sweden booked their places in Sunday's men's ice hockey final.

Sweden eased past the Czech Republic with a 7-3 win in their semi-final and Finland made short work of Russia, beating them 4-0 to progress.

Meanwhile, the opening two runs of the four-man bobsleigh have been completed, with Germany clocking the fastest time and Britain in 17th place.

Dutch speedskater Bob de Jong won the men's 10,000m gold medal, while in cross-country, Katerina Neumannova of the Czech Republic won gold in the women's 30 km.



Britain's men's curlers lost their bronze-medal match 8-6 to USA to go home empty-handed from Pinerolo.

David Murdoch's team were 6-2 down after six ends but they narrowed the gap to 7-6 before America used the last stone in the final end to seal the win.

Britain levelled the score at 1-1 after two ends but their opponents scored three stones in the third end.

Murdoch's men closed the gap with one in end four but a double in the sixth gave America a decisive 6-2 lead.

The situation was looking bleak from a British perspective until a stunning last stone from Murdoch yielded three in the seventh end to close to within one at 6-5.

America took one in the eighth and forced Britain to take one in the ninth and concede the crucial last stone in the 10th and final end.

US skip Pete Fenson made no mistake to pick up the medal.

Canada lived up to their favourites tag against Finland, claiming a convincing 10-4 victory to clinch the gold medal.

The pivotal moment in the match came on the sixth end with Canada scoring a mighty six points to take a 10-3 lead.

Finland had to settle for silver - the first medal the country has ever won in curling.


American Julia Mancuso stormed to gold in the women's giant slalom at a snowy Sestriere.

Mancuso, 21, was quickest after the first leg and built on her advantage in the fog to win in a combined time of two minutes 9.19 seconds.

Finland's Tanja Poutiainen was second, 0.67 secs back, with Sweden's Anna Ottosson third, 1.14 secs adrift.

Austria's Nicole Hosp was fourth, while Ottosson's Swedish team-mate Anja Paerson, the slalom gold medallist, dropped from second after run one to sixth.

Britain's Chemmy Alcott, best friends with Mancuso, was 32nd after the first run but climbed to 22nd overall.

Paerson has already claimed a first Olympic gold in the slalom on top of the two bronzes she won in the downhill and combined.

Croatian star Janica Kostelic, who has been battling illness throughout the Games, pulled out, as did injured American Lindsey Kildow.

Kostelic, 24, who captured three golds and a silver at the 2002 Olympics and defended her combined crown this time while taking silver in the Super-G too, has had a high pulse rate and a fever.


Germany got off to a great start in their attempt to become the first nation to sweep all three bobsleigh golds, with the fastest time after the opening two runs of the four-man event.

Double Olympic champion and defending title-holder Andre Lange's Germany 1 sled clocked 1 minute 50.50 seconds after two runs.

Switzerland 1 are 0.13 seconds behind in second and Russia 1 are 0.17 seconds back in third.

Britain's team of Lee Johnston, Dan Humphries, Karl Johnston and Martin Wright are in 17th place with a time of 1:52.13.

The Brazilian sled tipped on its side near the end of their opening run but they completed their second attempt and are last on 1:58.82.

The event concludes on Saturday.


Sweden beat the Czech Republic 7-3 in the first of the men's ice hockey semi-finals.

Seven different players scored Sweden's goals as they advanced to their first Olympic final since winning gold in 1994.

It will be an all-Nordic affair as nine-times Olympic champions Russia were no match for Finland in the second semi-final - the Finns winning 4-0.

Antero Niitymaki made 21 saves in Finland's shutout, while Ville Peltonen, Toni Lydman, Saku Koivu and Olli Jokinen all netted.


Reigning world champion Bob de Jong won the men's 10,000m gold medal in a time of 13 minutes, 1.57 seconds.

The Dutchman stopped America's Chad Hedrick from picking up his second win of the Games.

Hedrick, who won 5,000m gold, took silver in 13:05.40 while another Dutchman, Carl Verheijen captured the bronze medal in 13:08.80.


The penultimate cross-country event in Turin was the women's 30km, which was won by Katerina Neumannova of the Czech Republic.

Russia's Julia Tchepalova took silver with Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk in bronze.


Medals Table Sun Feb 26 - 15:22
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2.United States997
7.South Korea632

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