Frank-Peter Roetsch became the first man to sweep the individual Olympic biathlon events when he won the 10-kilometer race yesterday in Canmore, Alberta.
Roetsch, 23, an East German policeman, had won the 20K title last week. That distance was added to the Olympic program in 1960.
Valeri Medvedtsev, second to Roetsch in the 20K, was again the runner-up, with fellow Soviet Sergei Tchepikov taking third.
Both Soviets shot clean on the two shooting stations at Canmore Nordic Center; Roetsch had one miss.
The miss meant that Roetsch had to ski a 150-meter penalty loop, but his superior skiing ability allowed him to beat Medvedtsev by 15.6 seconds in 25 minutes 8.1 seconds.
Medvedtsev was clocked in 25:23.7 and Tchepikov in 25:29.4.
Eirik Kvalfoss of Norway, the defending Olympic champion, had a bad day, placing 19th among 72 finishers.
American medal hope Josh Thompson of Gunnison, Colo., had another disappointing showing, placing 27th in 27:27.7. He had four misses.
A year ago at Lake Placid, Roetsch became the first biathlete ever to sweep three gold medals in the world championships. He will try to duplicate that feat in the Olympics on Friday in the 30-kilometer relay.
In the first shootout in Olympic hockey history, France defeated Norway in a meeting of winless teams to take 11th place in the 12-team tournament. The score was tied, 6-6, after regulation play and the teams went scoreless in a 10-minute sudden death overtime period. That left the five-man shootout to determine the winner and the first two shooters for each team failed to score.
Finally, France's Paulin Bordeleau, a former NHL forward, wristed the puck over the glove hand of goaltender Vernon Mott. Teammate Derek Haas also scored, and Patrick Foliot made two saves.
Austria beat Poland, 3-2, for its first win after four losses and a tie.
It was Poland's fourth straight loss, including the 6-2 victory over France that was stripped away by the International Olympic Committee after star forward Jaroslaw Morawiecki tested positive for steroids. The France game followed a 1-0 loss to Canada and a 1-1 tie with world champion Sweden.
Austria's Edward Lebler, Gunter Koren and Gerhard Pusnick scored in a 2:35 span of the second period.
World champion West Germany took a narrow lead over Austria after the 70-meter jumping portion of the inaugural Nordic team event.
Norway was third and, because of its excellent cross country skiers, was in a good position for the gold. Czechoslovakia was fourth and East Germany fifth.
Austria led after two jumps but West Germany's Hubert Schwarz jumped 88 meters in the third and last series to vault his team into the lead.
The West German team of Hans Pohl, Thomas Mueller and Schwarz collected a total of 629.8 points.
The Austrian trio of Hansjoerg Aschenwald, Guenther Csar and Klaus Sulzenbacher had 626.6. Norway's Torbjorn Lokken, the reigning individual world champion, Hallstein Bogseth and Trond Bredesen had a total of 596.6.
In Wednesday's 30-kilometer relay cross country portion, Austria will start 16 seconds behind the West Germans. Norway has a deficit of 2:46.
In the team ski jumping portion of the Nordic combined, every 12 points of a jump score is worth a handicap of one minute in the relay.
Each team has three jumpers who take three jumps apiece; only the best two jumps are counted.
The U.S. team of Hans Johnstone, Todd Wilson and Joseph Holland lagged ninth at 516.9 points and had a relay deficit of 9:24.5.