LES SAISIES, FRANCE MERIBEL, FRANCE LPB — MERIBEL, France -- Finland struggled for the first 20 minutes. Sweden slowed down for most of the last 40. They ended up with a 2-2 tie yesterday that sent Finland to the medal round and Sweden to a big rematch with the United States.
Sweden (3-0-1) scored first but needed Thomas Rundqvist's goal with 4 minutes, 22 seconds left to gain the tie after Petri Skriko assisted on Mika Nieminen's goal then scored himself for Finland at 2:27 of the third period.
The winner of tomorrow night's preliminary-round finale between Sweden and the United States wins the group. In the last pre-Olympic exhibition for the teams, the United States beat Sweden, 3-2, on Feb. 5 in Chamonix.
In the medal round, the first-place team in each group plays the lowest-seeded team in the other group.
In yesterday's first game, Germany kept its medal-round hopes alive with a 5-2 win over Italy. Both are 1-3. Italy would have advanced and knocked Germany out of contention with a win.
Egorova takes 2nd gold; Norway's Dahlie wins
LES SAISIES, France -- It was supposed to be an elbow-to-elbow battle to the finish, but Lyubov Egorova of the Unified Team simply ran away with the women's 10-kilometer cross country title.
Earlier, Bjorn Dahlie won the men's 15-kilometer, the second leg of the men's pursuit, as Norway continued its winning ways in the men's cross-country events.
The gold medal was Egorova's second of the Games, following her victory in the 15-kilometer classic Sunday. It also provided some compensation for Thursday's five-kilometer race, when she had to settle for second behind Finland's Marjut Lukkarinen.
She crossed the line in a time of 25 minutes, 53.7 seconds, 24.1 seconds ahead of Italy's Stefania Belmondo, and her joy was nothing compared to that of the tiny Belmondo, who became the first Italian woman to win a medal in any Olympic Nordic event.
In the men's event, Dahlie's strategy was simple -- burst from the gate and ski for gold.
Dahlie, the world's premier freestyle skier, led a 1-2 Norwegian medal finish, beating Vegard Ulvang by 53.4 second. Giorgio Vanzetta of Italy was third in a tight finish, 54.3 seconds behind.
John Aalberg of Salt Lake City, Utah., a Norwegian-born skier who received his U.S. citizenship last month, was 26th for the best American performance. He was 4:08.5 behind.
Worthington in 3rd after 1st day of aerials
TIGNES, France -- Canadian and Swedish skiers were leading after eliminations in the aerials part of the freestyle skiing demonstration event.
Nicholas Fontaine of Canada held a slim margin over countryman Philippe LaRoche, 215.33 points to 214.92. Trace Worthington of Plymouth, Minn., was third at 209.38 in the men's division.
In the women's competition, Marie Lindgren of Sweden held a comfortable lead over Colette Brand of Switzerland 155.74 points to 150.01. Kirstie Marshall of Australia was third at 145.24.