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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, February 21, 2010

Winter Olympics: Double gold winner Bjoergen skips team sprint

Associated Press

WHISTLER, British Columbia Double gold medalist Marit Bjoergen of Norway will skip the cross-country skiing team sprint to focus on the remaining long-distance events.

Norwegian sprint coach Jon Arne Schjetne says Bjoergen felt tired during training Saturday and decided to get some extra rest before the relay and 30-kilometer classical race.

Bjoergen won the individual classical sprint and the 15K pursuit to become the games' first double gold winner.

Norway is expected to use sprint specialists Celine Brun-Lie and Astrid Jacobsen instead for Monday's team competition, which is a freestyle event.