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Norway glides to gold in women's team sprint

  • The Sports Network
  • Published Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at 4:28 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at 6:36 a.m.

Krasnaya Polyana, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Norway's Marit Bjoergen and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg combined to win gold in the women's cross-country team sprint on Wednesday at the Sochi Olympics.

The Norwegian duo crossed the finish line in 16 minutes, 4.05 seconds, while Finland followed just under 10 seconds behind the Norwegians to secure silver.

With the win, Bjoergen and Oestberg both claimed their second medals in Sochi. Bjoergen grabbed gold -- the fourth of her career and eighth lifetime Olympic medal to that point -- by winning the 15-kilometer skiathlon on Feb. 8, while Oestberg took silver in the women's free sprint on Feb. 11.

Finland's team was made up of Aino-Kaisa Saarinen and Kerttu Niskanen, who were both part of Finland's 4x5-km relay team that won silver on Saturday.

Sweden, which won silver in the team sprint in Vancouver, outsprinted reigning gold medalists Germany down the home stretch to grab bronze.

The U.S. team of Sophie Caldwell and Kikkan Randall finished eighth with a time of 16:48.08.

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