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Gold awarded in snowboarding, curling, cross-country skiing during Tuesday's Olympic Games

Stina Nilsson of Sweden celebrates Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, after winning gold in the women's cross country skiing sprint race. Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters1 / 5
Kaitlyn Lawes of Canada delivers the stone Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, during the mixed doubles curling gold medal final. Toby Melville / Reuters2 / 5
Chloe Kim of the U.S. competes Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 in snowboarding at the Winter Olympic Games. Jorge Silva / Reuters3 / 5
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Norway competes Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, during the men's spring classic cross country skiing finals. Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters4 / 5
Arianna Fontana of Italy in action Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018,, ahead of Choi Min-jeong of South Korea, Kim Boutin of Canada, Yara van Kerkhof of the Netherlands and Elise Christie of Britain in the women's 500-meter short track final. Damir Sagolj / Reuters5 / 5

Cross-country skiing: Klaebo claims sprint gold for Norway

Johannes Hoesfolt Klaebo powered to a stunning victory in the men's Olympic sprint classic on Tuesday, Feb. 13, to claim another cross-country gold medal for Norway with a dominant performance in the final.

In a thrilling finish, Italian Federico Pellegrino won the silver medal by two hundredths of a second from Alexander Bolshunov, representing the Olympic athletes of Russia, who took bronze.

After a disappointing 10th place finish in the men's skiathlon, 21-year-old Klaebo was in the mood for revenge as he lined up for the qualifiers.

He made his way methodically through the quarter and semi-finals before exploding into life halfway through the final, which pitted the remaining six skiers against each other.

Having sat behind Bolshunov for much of the early part of the race, Klaebo suddenly switched lanes and powered off up the hill, leaving the rest of the field struggling in his wake.

Short track: Italian Fontana wins 500m, Korean Choi disqualified

Italy's Arianna Fontana won the Olympic women's 500 metres race on Tuesday after a photo finish with home favorite Choi Minjeong who was later disqualified for interference.

Fontana, 27, had won four bronze and one silver medal in previous Olympics but never topped the podium.

She finished in 42.569 seconds ahead of Yara van Kerkhof of the Netherlands and Kim Boutin of Canada.

Britain's gold medal hope Elise Christie, world record holder in the 500 metres and world champion at three other distances, slipped over and finished last in the final.

Speed skating: Dominant Dutch win gold, silver in men's 1,500m

Dutch speed skaters continued their dominance at the Olympic Games on Tuesday with world champion Kjeld Nuis powering to gold in the men's 1,500 metres ahead of compatriot Patrick Roest.

South Korea's Kim Min-seok sparked wild celebrations by taking bronze to open the host nation's speed skating account at the Games.

The Netherlands has won eight of the 12 speed skating medals at the Games so far, including all four golds.

Nuis, the first reigning world champion to win Olympic gold in the distance, made a blistering start and finished in 1 minute, 44.01 seconds despite losing speed on the final lap.

Luge: Geisenberger defends luge gold, extends German reign

Germany's Natalie Geisenberger won her second successive Olympic gold medal in the women's singles luge on Tuesday.

Her compatriot Dajana Eitberger took silver ahead of bronze winner Alex Gough of Canada.

Curling: Canada sweeps past Swiss for first mixed-doubles gold

Canada were crowned the first Olympics mixed-doubles curling champions on Tuesday claiming gold with a 10-3 blowout win over world champions Switzerland.

The victory placed John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes in an elite company, the Canadians adding their names to a short list of four curlers who have won two Olympic gold medals.

Lawes, a member of Canada's gold medal women's team in Sochi and Morris, part of the men's gold medal foursome at the 2010 Vancouver Games, got the Pyeongchang Games off to a rocky start dropping their opener but that would be their only blemish on an otherwise spotless run to the gold medal.

Swiss pair of Jenny Perret and Martin Rios added an Olympic silver to their world championship title.

The final was at first a strategic tug-of-war between Olympic and world champions with Canada scoring two in the opening end and the Swiss answering with a pair in the second.

But the turning point came early in the third end when Rios missed a takeout and Lawes with her final stone made a superb raise tap to give Canada a four and a commanding 6-2 lead the Swiss could never overcome.

After Canada scored a pair in the fifth end and then stole a pair in the sixth the Swiss waved the white flag conceding the gold to Lawes and Morris with two ends still to play.

Cross-country skiing: Stina takes sprint gold for Sweden

Stina Nilsson swept aside the field in the Olympic women's sprint classic final on Tuesday, powering to victory in a time of 3:03.8 to secure Sweden's second cross-country gold of the Games.

Maiken Caspersen Falla of Norway, who won the event in Sochi four years ago, took the silver medal and Yulia Belorukova, representing the Olympic Athletes of Russia, claimed the bronze.

Strong winds again whipped up the snow on the course as the field was whittled down from 68 starters to the six who contested the final.

The 24-year-old Stina, who has a superb sprinting pedigree, took control early in each of her races and the final was no different as she sped away up the first hill.

Snowboarding: Mission Kim-possible as teenager soars to gold

Chloe Kim blew away the competition to win the women's snowboard halfpipe gold at Pyeongchang's Phoenix Snow Park on Tuesday, the American teenager finishing well clear of China's Liu Jiayu and compatriot Arielle Gold.

The 17-year-old Kim produced a top score of 98.25 points on her third and final run to beat Liu by almost 10 points in front of the largest crowd seen at the venue.

Liu was the only woman who seemed capable of challenging Kim.

The Chinese, ranked second in the world, laid down a good first run to score 85.50 but Kim responded immediately and sent a comprehensive message to the rest of the field with an opening 93.75 effort that she made look easy.

Her performance put pressure on her rivals to raise their game and Liu, competing at her third Games, tried her best to respond with an improved performance on the longest halfpipe in Olympic history.

Liu scored 89.75 to close on Kim, who fell attempting back-to-back 1080s during her second run, but the 25-year-old Chinese failed to score higher in the final round, allowing the American a chance to enjoy what was effectively a victory run.

Kim launched into her back-to-back 1080s, the first method and the second cab, to score a near-perfect 98.25 and cement her status as the leading light in women's snowboarding.

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