BAUER (CZE) looking for medal hat-trick in 15km
Thursday, 13 February 2014 - 12:02 - Olympic News Service
KRASNAYA POLYANA - Lukas BAUER (CZE) is looking to become the second cross country skier to win a medal in the men's 15km in three successive Olympic Winter Games after Sixten JERNBERG (SWE), between 1956 and 1964, when the men's 15km classic starts at the Laura Cross Country Ski and Biathlon Centre on Friday, 14 February.
BAUER claimed silver at Torino 2006 in the 15km classic and added a bronze at Vancouver 2010 in 15km freestyle.
BAUER can win Czech Republic's first gold medal in men's cross country skiing.
JERNBERG never won this event, taking silver in 1956 and 1960 and bagging a bronze in 1964.
Only three men have won an Olympic medal in the same individual cross country skiing event in three consecutive editions: Veikko HAKULINEN (FIN) in the 50km (1952, 1956, 1960), JERNBERG (SWE) in the 15km (1956, 1960, 1964), and Bjorn DAEHLIE (NOR) in the pursuit (1992, 1994, 1998).
Dario COLOGNA (SUI) won the 15km freestyle event at Vancouver 2010 and can become the second athlete to win the 15km event twice after Andrus VERPALU (EST) in 2002 and 2006.