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Dutch continue to dominate speedskating.

SOCHI, Russia -- J.R. Celski is the last man standing.

The short-track speedskater advanced to Friday's quarterfinals of the 500 by finishing second in his heat. Celski, 23, is the only U.S. male here who can still win an individual speedskating medal -- short- or long-track -- after Emery Lehman and Patrick Meek finished out of the medals in speedskating's 10,000 on Tuesday.

"I kind of just held my ground and made it through," Celski said.

Eddy Alvarez, who crashed in his heat at the Iceberg Skating Palace with about 50 meters to go, and Jordan Malone, who finished fourth in his heat, did not make it out of the preliminary rounds.

In women's short-track 1,000, Americans Emily Scott and Jessica Smith advanced to Friday's quarterfinals.

The U.S. did not qualify a team to compete in the women's 3,000 relay final, won Tuesday by South Korea. Silver went to Canada, while Italy took bronze.

Lehman, at 17 the youngest U.S. male Olympian in Sochi, clocked 13:28.67 in the men's speedskating 10,000 meters Tuesday, finishing 10th.

Meek finished 11th in 13:28.72. The Dutch again swept the podium at Adler, giving them 20 medals -- 19 in long-track speedskating, 1 in short.

Nordic combined

Norway got its first one-two finish in a Nordic combined event since 1936. The medals came Tuesday in the competition that mixes ski jumping off the large hill and cross-country skiing.

Joergen Graabak was awarded the gold medal and Magnus Moan took home the silver. Graabak was originally not on the team but was a late add as a large-hill specialist. The move worked.

Fabian Riessle of German got the bronze.

Taylor Fletcher was the highest U.S. finisher in 20th place. Other U.S. participants were Bryan Fletcher and Billy Demong (31st). Todd Lodwick was 30th after the jumping portion but did not compete in cross-country because of a left shoulder injury.

Biathlon

Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway won his third Olympic gold medal -- and first of these Games -- when he won the men's 15-kilometer mass start. Svendsen won by just a ski tip over Martin Fourcade of France. Fourcade has already picked up gold medals in the 15K pursuit and individual races last week.

Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic won the bronze. It was his second medal of the Games having gotten second in the 12.5K pursuit.

Tim Burke was the highest-placing American in 21st. Lowell Bailey was 23rd.

Curling

Britain's men advanced to the semifinals with a 6-5 victory over Norway in a tiebreaker game. Britain will now play Sweden while Canada plays China.

Women's hockey

Finland beat Russia, 4-0, for fifth place and Germany beat Japan, 3-2, for seventh place.

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