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Mistake costs Netherlands' Kramer in speed skating

Lee Seung-hoon of South Korea won a stunning gold medal in men's 10,000-meter speed skating yesterday when overwhelming favorite Sven Kramer made an amateurish mistake, failing to switch lanes just past the midway point of the race, and was disqualified. Kramer finished about four seconds ahead of Lee, but it didn't matter. The South Korean already was celebrating on the infield while the Dutch world-record holder was finishing his race, apparently unaware of what he had done.

When Kramer came across the line, he threw up his arms to celebrate what he thought was his second gold medal of the Vancouver Games. Then, as he was coasting along on the backstretch, the victory celebration suddenly ended. Dutch coach Gerard Kemkers told the skater what he had done. Kramer reacted with disbelief, then slung away his glasses.

"It is pretty hard now," Kramer said. "I was on my way to make the right decision and right before the corner I changed my decision because of the advice from the [coach]. At the end of the day, it is my responsibility. I am the skater on the ice, I have to do it."

USA silver in Nordic

Austria won the gold medal in the Nordic combined team relay, edging the Americans, who took their second silver medal in the discipline. Billy Demong, of Vermontville, N.Y., had a slight edge over Mario Stecher heading into the stadium but stumbled at the turn and watched the Austrian zoom past him on the straightaway for a 5.2-second victory.

U.S. women ousted

World champion China converted its final shot of the 10th end for the winning point, mathematically eliminating the U.S. women's curlers with a 6-5 victory and moving into tomorrow's semifinals as the No. 3 seed.

- AP

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