Cologna goes 2 for 2 with second gold medal in 15 km classic
Two weeks ago not many would have predicted today's Olympic podium in the men's 15 km classic. Switzerland's Dario Cologna who has come back from ankle surgery in November takes his second gold medal of the Sochi games. Silver medalist Johan Olsson hasn't raced on World Cup since December fighting illness and injury that has plagued him since last year's 50 km World Championship victory. In bronze was Daniel Richardsson who after a tragic car accident and knee injury this past summer almost left competitive cross-country skiing.
Top 5 Men's 15km classic
1. COLOGNA Dario 1986 SUI 38:29.7
2. OLSSON Johan 1980 SWE +28.5
3. RICHARDSSON Daniel 1982 SWE +38.8
4. NISKANEN Iivo 1992 FIN 39:08.7 +39.0
5. BAUER Lukas 1977 CZE 39:28.6 +58.9
Complete results can be found HERE.
KRASNAYA POLYANA - Dario COLOGNA (SUI) claimed a third Olympic gold medal when he won the men's 15km classic at the Laura cross country course on Friday 14 February.
- COLOGNA also won the 15km at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
- He is the eighth person in any sport to successfully defend his Vancouver title in Sochi.
- He is the only Swiss cross country skier who has won a medal in the men's 15km.
- This was COLOGNA's second gold of the Sochi 2014 Games. He also won the skiathlon on Sunday 9 February.
- Four years ago in Vancouver, Petter NORTHUG (NOR) and Marcus HELLNER (SWE) were the only men to win two cross country gold medals.
- COLOGNA has now won three gold medals at the Olympic Winter Games, equalling alpine skier Vreni SCHNEIDER (SUI)'s mark. Only ski jumper Simon AMMANN (SUI), with four, has more gold medals.
- Silver medallist Johan OLSSON (SWE) won his fifth Olympic medal, becoming the fourth Swede to reach this total in the Olympic Winter Games.
- Bronze medallist Daniel RICHARDSSON (SWE) won Sweden's seventh medal at the Sochi Games; all have come in cross country. This equals the record number of medals its has won in one sport in one Olympic Winter Games. It claimed seven medal in cross country in 2010.
- Sweden's first medal in this event in 30 years since Gunde SVAN won gold in 1984.
- This is the first cross country event in which Norway has not won a medal at the Sochi 2014 Games (this was the sixth event).
- The previous occasion when Norway was not represented on a cross country podium at the Olympic Winter Games was in the team sprint for women in Vancouver four years ago.
Dario COLOGNA (SUI) - gold
On winning gold after injury:
"It's amazing. I couldn't believe the first gold medal, after being injured, and now the second. It was the perfect race. I knew it would be hard and I was prepared for it."
On how the second gold compares with the first, in the skiathlon on Sunday:
"The first gold was emotional after coming back from injury, the second is unbelievable."
On when he realised he could win gold:
"I saw (Johan) OLSSON (SWE) ahead of me. After, I realised he was second. I knew if I caught him it would be gold."
Johan OLSSON (SWE) - silver
On the difficulty of the race:
"It was tough. I've been injured. I just got hold of the feeling."
On how his wife was his motivation:
"I'm proud of the work I've done. I've been close to giving up several times. It was my wife that kept me going. I didn't feel I had the energy to keep going. It was like I could be fighting for nothing. She told me I would regret it so much - I think she is proud of me and of herself."
Daniel RICHARDSSON (SWE) - bronze
On what the race means to him, and Sweden's prospects for the rest of the competition:
"It means everything. It's my first medal in an Olympic Games. It will mean a lot to my family. It means a lot to Sweden. I think a gold medal will come. "
On how much work went into preparing for this race:
"A lot of work, I can't explain how much. After what happened in the summer, with the car accident and the knee injury."
On the final part of the race:
"I just kept on working. I felt it was really close and I pushed really hard at the end."