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China goes 1-2 in figure skating pairs

China's Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo won the pairs gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics last night, just ahead of countrymen Pang Qing and Tong Jian.

Germany's Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy got the bronze.

It was an error-filled night, and only the last two couples showed the brilliance an Olympics demands. Pang and Tong won the free skate, but finished 3.26 points behind Shen and Zhao overall because Pang and Tong were only fourth in the short program.

German woman leads luge

Putting Germany halfway to a sweep of Olympic singles luge gold, Tatjana Huefner is the midpoint women's leader, her two-run time of 1 minute, 23.241 seconds providing a cushion of a mere 0.050 seconds ahead of Austria's Nina Reithmayer. Another German, Natalie Geisenberger (1:23.400) is third.

Erin Hamlin, the reigning world champion from Remsen, N.Y., bobbed up and down the track at the start of her second run, and is 15th through two runs, 0.813 seconds off the lead and more than a half-second away from third.

Sweden, Switzerland rule

Charlotte Kalla of Sweden led from start to finish to win the women's 10-kilometer freestyle cross-country skiing race, holding off Estonian Kristina Smigun-Vaehi's strong finish to win in 24 minutes, 58.4 seconds. Marit Bjoergen of Norway took the bronze medal, 15.9 seconds back.

Caitlin Compton of Minneapolis came in 30th, nearly two minutes behind Kalla, for the best finish by an American in the event since Judy Rabinowitz placed 26th at the 1984 Games in Sarajevo.

Switzerland's Dario Cologna won the men's 15-kilometer freestyle cross-country race in his Olympic debut. Cologna collapsed across the finish line after completing the course in 33:36.3, and stayed down for several seconds while catching his breath and soaking it all in. Italian Pietro Piller Cottrer won the silver, finishing 24.6 seconds behind Cologna, and Czech skier Lukas Bauer won the bronze. James Southam of Anchorage, Alaska, was the top American, in 48th place (35:58.2).

Weir mulls quad jump

Johnny Weir already has decided to drop fur from his costume. Now he's thinking about adding a quadruple jump to his program. He nailed one during practice Monday.

"What do I have to lose?" Weir said. "I'm not a favorite for a medal here. If I feel like doing it, I will do it."

- AP

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