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Dutch finish domination of long-track speedskating

SOCHI, Russia -- As the Dutch closed a record-setting Olympics in speedskating, the U.S. team could take solace in that they could lose no more races.

"My skating's been very frustrating, so it's nice to realize that it's just skating and there's a lot of other stuff to look forward to in life and to put this behind me," said Jonathan Kuck, 23, who plans to retire. "So, in that sense it is nice to be done with it."

Dutch long-track speedskaters finished with 23 medals -- including a record eighth gold after its men and women each won the team pursuit Saturday. The Korean men took silver and Poland got bronze. Poland's women finished second, followed by Russia.

The U.S. men finished seventh by beating France, and the women finished sixth after losing to Canada.

Sochi is the first Games since 1984, and second ever, where U.S. long-track skaters finished without a medal.

Cross-country: Marit Bjoergen of Norway became the most decorated female Winter Olympian when she won her sixth gold medal and third of these Games with a win in the women's 30-kilometer race. It was her 10th total medal.

Norway showed its dominance by sweeping the podium. Therese Johaug picked up the silver and Kristin Stoermer Steira the bronze.

Liz Stephens was the highest U.S. finisher in 24th. Also competing were Holly Brooks (27th), Kikkan Randall (28th) and Jessica Diggins (40th).

Biathlon: Russia's 4 X 7.5-kilometer relay team put the host nation in a tie with Norway for most gold medals when it won its 11th of the Games. Alexey Volkov, Yevgeny Ustyugov, Dmitry Malyshko and Anton Shipulin made up the winning team. Shipulin ralled from third on the last lap and force Germany to the silver position. Austria won the bronze.

The 16th-place U.S. team was composed of Lowell Bailey, Russell Currier, Sean Doherty and Leif Nordgren.

(Hopkins writes for the Chicago Tribune and Cherwa for the Los Angeles Times.)

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