KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Less than 24 hours after her younger brother just missed out on an Olympic medal, Anastasiya Kuzmina succeeded – and then dedicated her gold medal to him.
Kuzmina became the first woman in biathlon to successfully defend an individual Olympic title by winning gold in the 7.5-kilometer sprint Sunday at the Sochi Games.
A day earlier, her brother Anton Shipulin faulted on the very last shot and finished fourth in the men’s 10K race.
Competing for Slovakia, the Russian-born Kuzmina shot flawlessly and finished in 21 minutes, 6.8 seconds for her third Olympic medal.
Olga Vilukhina, of Russia, trailed Kuzmina by 19.9 seconds to win silver, and Vita Semerenko, of Ukraine, was 21.7 behind for bronze.
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: Dario Cologna had the strongest finish to win the men’s 30-kilometer skiathlon, showing he’s back to full fitness after a season disrupted by an ankle injury.
The Swiss cross-country skier pulled away from a quartet of skiers at the top of the final uphill section and then held off defending champion Marcus Hellner, of Sweden, on the final straight.
Cologna finished in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 15.4 seconds for his second Olympic gold medal. Hellner was 0.4 seconds behind to win silver, with Martin Johnsrud Sundby, of Norway, taking bronze.
SKI JUMPING: Kamil Stoch, of Poland, made his first Olympic medal a gold one, winning the men’s normal hill individual ski jump after a stunning first-round jump put him in control.
Down the hill last among 50 starters in the first round, Stoch had a jump of 105.5 meters, four meters better than Anders Bardal, of Norway.
Peter Prevc, of Slovenia, the 2013 world champion, overtook Bardal in the second round to take the silver. Bardal settled for the bronze.
WOMEN’S DOWNHILL: Former overall World Cup winner Nicole Hosp, of Austria, led the final downhill training session ahead of today’s super-combined race at the Sochi Olympics.
Hosp raced down the Rosa Khutor course in 1 minute, 31.36 seconds.
Fabienne Suter, of Switzerland, finished second, 0.21 seconds behind, and Regina Sterz, of Austria, was third, 0.43 behind. Defending overall champion Tina Maze was fourth.
HOCKEY: The United States women’s hockey team will have a new goaltender for its second game of the Olympics.
Coach Katey Stone says Molly Schaus will start for the U.S. against Switzerland today. Jesse Vetter started the first game, a 3-1 victory over Finland.
Stone says all of her goalies are good enough to start. She said she hadn’t decided how the rotation will work for the rest of the tournament. The third game is against Canada, the three-time defending champion.
Vetter was the goaltender when the U.S. and Canada met in the final of the 2010 Olympics. Schaus made one appearance in a first round blowout in Vancouver. At Boston College, she was a two-time finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award given to the top player in college hockey.