American Shani Davis is skipping the second race of men's 500-meter speedskating so he can concentrate on his best events at the Winter Olympics.
Davis finished 18th in the first race of the 500 Monday, leaving him far out of medal contention. He was using the sprint mainly to get in some speed work for Wednesday's 1,000, an event in which he holds the world record and is the defending Olympic champion.
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When Wescott crossed the finish line ahead of Canada's Mike Robertson, fans gasped and cheered while the 33-year-old champion fell to the ground, exhausted and exhilarated.
Tony Ramoin of France won the bronze.
American Nate Holland, a five-time Winter X Games champ, spun out early in the final foursome.
Switzerland's Dario Cologna collapsed across the finish line after winning the men's 15-kilometer freestyle cross-country race. Sweden's Charlotte Kalla led from start to finish to win the women's 10-kilometer freestyle race.
In the men's race, Italian Pietro Piller Cottrer won the silver and Lukas Bauer of the Czech Republic took bronze. James Southam was the top American finisher at 48th.
In the women's event, Kristina Smigun-Vaehi of Estonia, who won two golds in 2006 but has struggled this season, took silver and Marit Bjoergen of Norway got the bronze. Caitlin Compton finished 30th, the best by an American since 1984.
A brief, private memorial service was held at a Vancouver funeral home for the Georgian luger killed in a crash during training, then his casket was flown home for burial.
Three Georgian athletes, including figure skater Otar Japaridze, wearing a black armband on his red team jacket, filed past the open casket to touch the body of their fallen teammate, Nodar Kumaritashvili. His uncle and coach, Felix Kumaritashvili, broke into tears outside the funeral home.
The president of Georgia's Olympic Committee was accompanying the body back to Georgia, where the casket would be received by a spiritual leader.
Kumaritashvili's father told The Associated Press in Georgia that shortly before the fatal run he spoke to his 21-year-old son, who said he was worried about the track's speed.
"He told me, 'I will either win or die,'" David Kumaritashvili said. "But that was youthful bravado, he couldn't be seriously talking about death."
The International Luge Federation already has spoken with officials of the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia, about speed and safety.
"We already have agreement with them to construct a track where we are very comfortable that the speed is going to be lower," federation secretary general Svein Romstad told Associated Press Television News.
The head of the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation is OK with the track at the Whistler Sliding Center.
American skeleton athletes trained on the track Monday for the first time since Kumaritashvili's death. They were among the majority of competitors who started at the top of the track, bypassing the option of starting from a lower spot. Luge events were moved down the track to make races slower and safer, and indeed there wasn't a single wreck in the finals.
Johnny Weir already has decided to drop fur from his costume. Now he's thinking about adding a quadruple jump to his program.
"What do I have to lose?" Weir said. "I'm not a favorite for a medal here. If I feel like doing it, I will do it."
The flamboyant three-time U.S. champion has rarely used the four-revolution jump. Urged to do it by his coach, Galina Zmievskaya, Weir pulled off a good one during practice Monday.
Attention, Canada: Roberto Luongo will be starting in goal against Norway in the Olympics opener today, and Martin Brodeur will start Thursday against Switzerland.
The Canadians were upset by the Swiss in 2006, on their way to finishing seventh.
Luongo has won eight of his last 12 starts for Vancouver, and will be playing in his home arena. Brodeur has lost three of his last four starts for the New Jersey Devils and has permitted 25 goals in his last eight games.
Canada also decided to keep Ryan Getzlaf on the roster, deciding his sprained left ankle won't be a problem.
Forward Erika Lawler didn't break any bones or sprain any ligaments when she crashed into the boards Sunday. But she was bruised enough to skip practice Monday.
Coach Mark Johnson is optimistic Lawler will play today against Russia. He knows her pretty well, too. She played for him at the University of Wisconsin, winning three national championships in four years and captaining the 2009 team.
Canada beat Switzerland 10-1, another thumping but not as lopsided as the Canadians' 18-0 win over Slovakia.