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Olympics roundup: Another Dutch sweep in speedskating

  • Athletes from the Netherlands, from left to right, silver medallist Ireen Wust, Gold medallist Jorien ter Mors and bronze medallist Lotte van Beek celebrate during the flower ceremony for the women's 1,500-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    Athletes from the Netherlands, from left to right, silver medallist Ireen Wust, Gold medallist Jorien ter Mors and bronze medallist Lotte van Beek celebrate during the flower ceremony for the women's 1,500-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

  • ADDS IDS OF OTHER BOARDERS - Czech Republic's Eva Samkova, bottom right, leads the field in the women's snowboard cross final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Samkova went on to win the gold medal. The other boarders are, from left, Italy's Michela Moioli, Bulgaria's Alexandra Jekova, Canada's Dominique Maltais, France's Chloe Trespeuch, and United States' Faye Gulini. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    ADDS IDS OF OTHER BOARDERS - Czech Republic's Eva Samkova, bottom right, leads the field in the women's snowboard cross final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Samkova went on to win the gold medal. The other boarders are, from left, Italy's Michela Moioli, Bulgaria's Alexandra Jekova, Canada's Dominique Maltais, France's Chloe Trespeuch, and United States' Faye Gulini. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

  • Slovenia forward Rok Ticar falls over Russia goaltender Semyon Varlamov and defenseman Alexei Yemelin in the third period of a men's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Slovenia forward Rok Ticar falls over Russia goaltender Semyon Varlamov and defenseman Alexei Yemelin in the third period of a men's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • Russia forward Ilya Kovalchuk, right, is congratulated by Russia forward Alexander Radulov after hitting the winning shot in a shootout against Slovakia during a men's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Russia won 1-0.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Russia forward Ilya Kovalchuk, right, is congratulated by Russia forward Alexander Radulov after hitting the winning shot in a shootout against Slovakia during a men's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Russia won 1-0. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Russia goaltender Semyon Varlamov blocks a shot by Slovakia forward Tomas Tatar in a shootout of a men's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Russia won 1-0. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Russia goaltender Semyon Varlamov blocks a shot by Slovakia forward Tomas Tatar in a shootout of a men's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Russia won 1-0. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Norway's Kjetil Jansrud celebrates on the podium after winning the gold medal in the men's super-G at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Norway's Kjetil Jansrud celebrates on the podium after winning the gold medal in the men's super-G at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • Czech Republic's Eva Samkova celebrates after taking the gold medal in the women's snowboard cross final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    Czech Republic's Eva Samkova celebrates after taking the gold medal in the women's snowboard cross final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

  • ADDS IDS OF OTHER BOARDERS - Czech Republic's Eva Samkova, bottom right, leads the field in the women's snowboard cross final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Samkova went on to win the gold medal. The other boarders are, from left, Italy's Michela Moioli, Bulgaria's Alexandra Jekova, Canada's Dominique Maltais, France's Chloe Trespeuch, and United States' Faye Gulini. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    ADDS IDS OF OTHER BOARDERS - Czech Republic's Eva Samkova, bottom right, leads the field in the women's snowboard cross final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Samkova went on to win the gold medal. The other boarders are, from left, Italy's Michela Moioli, Bulgaria's Alexandra Jekova, Canada's Dominique Maltais, France's Chloe Trespeuch, and United States' Faye Gulini. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

  • Athletes from the Netherlands, from left to right, silver medallist Ireen Wust, Gold medallist Jorien ter Mors and bronze medallist Lotte van Beek celebrate during the flower ceremony for the women's 1,500-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
  • ADDS IDS OF OTHER BOARDERS - Czech Republic's Eva Samkova, bottom right, leads the field in the women's snowboard cross final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Samkova went on to win the gold medal. The other boarders are, from left, Italy's Michela Moioli, Bulgaria's Alexandra Jekova, Canada's Dominique Maltais, France's Chloe Trespeuch, and United States' Faye Gulini. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Slovenia forward Rok Ticar falls over Russia goaltender Semyon Varlamov and defenseman Alexei Yemelin in the third period of a men's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
  • Russia forward Ilya Kovalchuk, right, is congratulated by Russia forward Alexander Radulov after hitting the winning shot in a shootout against Slovakia during a men's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Russia won 1-0.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
  • Russia goaltender Semyon Varlamov blocks a shot by Slovakia forward Tomas Tatar in a shootout of a men's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Russia won 1-0. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
  • Norway's Kjetil Jansrud celebrates on the podium after winning the gold medal in the men's super-G at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
  • Czech Republic's Eva Samkova celebrates after taking the gold medal in the women's snowboard cross final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
  • ADDS IDS OF OTHER BOARDERS - Czech Republic's Eva Samkova, bottom right, leads the field in the women's snowboard cross final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Samkova went on to win the gold medal. The other boarders are, from left, Italy's Michela Moioli, Bulgaria's Alexandra Jekova, Canada's Dominique Maltais, France's Chloe Trespeuch, and United States' Faye Gulini. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

SOCHI, Russia – Russia is having a tough time winning on the Olympic ice, and the Netherlands can’t seem to lose.

The Russians were forced into a second straight shootout yesterday and now must play an extra game to reach the men’s hockey quarterfinals. The Dutch speedskaters have fared much better, earning a third sweep of the podium at the Sochi Games.

With hockey-crazed Russian crowds packing the arenas, Canada, Sweden, the United States and Finland advanced to the hockey quarterfinals. They’ll be joined by the winners of a four-game qualifying round tomorrow among the eight remaining teams.

Russia lost its chance to skip the qualifying round when it was forced into a shootout by Slovakia, winning 1-0. That allowed Finland to claim the bye on goal difference. Canada, Sweden and the U.S. all finished the qualifying round undefeated.

At the Adler Arena, Dutch skaters swept the podium in the women’s 1,500 meters. Overall, the Dutch have won an astounding 16 speedskating medals in Sochi out of 24 awarded so far, smashing the Olympic record of 13 set by East Germany at the 1988 Calgary Games.

Two snowboarders were taken off the slope on stretchers following crashes during qualifying rounds for the snowboardcross finals. One suffered a concussion, the other an injured knee. It was the same slope where Russian skicross racer Maria Komissarova fractured a vertebra in her back during a training crash Saturday. She was airlifted to a German hospital yesterday for further treatment.

Elsewhere on Day 10 of the Sochi Olympics, Norwegian skier Kjetil Jansrud earned his country’s fourth consecutive Olympic title in men’s super-G; Czech snowboarder Eva Samkova won her country’s first gold medal of the games; and Sweden took gold in the men’s 4x10-kilometer cross-country relay.

HOCKEY

Phil Kessel became the first American player in 12 years to score an Olympic hat trick in the 5-1 U.S. win over Slovenia. Canada defeated Finland, 2-1, in overtime, while Austria won its first men’s Olympic hockey game in a dozen years, defeating Norway, 3-1. In the women’s preliminaries, Finland topped Germany, 2-1, and Russia beat Japan, 6-2. All four had already been eliminated from medal contention.

SNOWBOARDING

Samkova won the women’s snowboardcross, the first gold of the games for the Czech Republic. Samkova led from start to finish in all three qualifying and elimination races. Lindsey Jacobellis of the U.S. crashed while leading her semifinal, the third straight disappointing Olympic finish for the eight-time X Games winner. Jacobellis had gold in hand in Turin in 2006 only to fall with a big lead in the final while attempting a fancy grab. She recovered for silver. Four years ago in Vancouver, she washed out early in her semifinal run.

SPEEDSKATING

Jorien ter Mors earned the gold in the Dutch sweep of the women’s 1,500. Pre-race favorite Ireen Wust settled for silver, with bronze going to Lotte van Beek. If there had been a medal for fourth place, the Dutch would have won that, too, with Marrit Leenstra finishing just after Van Beek. Ter Mors turned in a stunning time of 1:53.51, an Olympic record and the second-fastest ever at sea level.

CROSS-COUNTRY

Sweden’s win in the 4x10-kilometer relay came one day after the Swedish women won gold in the same race. No country has won both relays since the old Soviet Union did it 42 years ago. Swedish anchor Marcus Hellner skied alone for the entire fourth leg and grabbed a Swedish flag to wave as he entered the stadium. Russia took silver in front of President Vladimir Putin. France finished third.

ALPINE SKIING

Jansrud continued Norway’s dominance in super G, outracing two Americans and a Canadian for the Scandinavian country’s fifth gold in the event in the past seven games. Andrew Weibrecht earned the silver medal, while American teammate Bode Miller and Jan Hudec of Canada tied for bronze. It was Miller’s sixth Olympic medal, moving him two behind all-time Alpine leader Kjetil Andre Aamodt of Norway. At 36, Miller is the oldest Alpine skier to medal.

BOBSLED

Alexander Zubkov has a commanding lead at the halfway point of men’s two-man bobsled. Along with brakeman Alexey Voevoda, Zubkov drove through a light fog and set a track record on his first run and completed two trips down the Sanki Sliding Center course in 1:52.82. He leads Switzerland’s Beat Hefti by 0.32 seconds and has a 0.36-second advantage over Steven Holcomb of Park City, Utah.

ICE DANCING

Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the short dance to put them one performance away from a gold medal. The reigning world champions earned 78.89 points and lead 2010 gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada by 2.56. The Russian team of Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov were 3.29 points behind Virtue and Moir.

CURLING

Sweden and Canada became the first men’s teams to qualify for the semifinals. Norway, Britain and China are battling for the other two spots. The Swedes and Canadians also advanced to the semifinals in the women’s tournament. China, Britain, Switzerland and Japan still have a chance for the remaining two semifinal spots.

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