France sweeps ski cross podium; British take curling bronze

Slow morning at the Games; you could have hit the snooze button a couple of times.

There was a podium sweep. This time it was France’s turn, in the men’s ski cross. Jean Frederic Chapuis, Arnaud Bovolenta and Jonathan Midol were the top three. The only American in the field, John Teller, was 28th.

The women’s curlers of Britain won a bronze medal, defeating two-time silver medalist Switzerland, 6-5, and ensuring their country will at least match its record for medals won at a Winter Olympics.

Britain already had a gold and bronze in Sochi and is guaranteed a gold or silver in men’s curling. The country last won four Winter Olympic medals in Chamonix, France, in 1924.

Norway won the gold medal in the team Nordic combined for the first time since the 1988 Games. Germany took silver and Austria bronze.

Germany led after the ski jumping portion of the event, followed by Norway and Austria. But the Norwegian team of Joergen Graabak, Haavard Klemetsen, Magnus Krog and Magnus Novdal Moan made up time in the cross-country event.

The Americans – Todd Lodwick, Taylor Fletcher, Bill Demong and Bryan Fletcher — finished sixth. The United States won silver four years ago in Vancouver.

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