Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Potter, U.S. rout Russian women

Jenny Potter (left) and Hilary Knight celebrate after Potter scored one of her three goals in Team USA´s 13-0 rout of Russia in women´s hockey. It was Potter´s second straight hat trick.
Jenny Potter (left) and Hilary Knight celebrate after Potter scored one of her three goals in Team USA's 13-0 rout of Russia in women's hockey. It was Potter's second straight hat trick. CHRIS O'MEARA / Associated Press
Jenny Potter (left) and Hilary Knight celebrate after Potter scored one of her three goals in Team USA´s 13-0 rout of Russia in women´s hockey. It was Potter´s second straight hat trick. Gallery: Potter, U.S. rout Russian women
Jenny Potter scored three goals to set an Olympic record with her second consecutive hat trick, captain Natalie Darwitz had five points, and the United States routed Russia, 13-0, yesterday in another preliminary-round laugher in women's hockey.

Twin sisters Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux also were among 10 goal-scorers for the Americans, who followed their 12-1 opening win over China with another exhibition of their skill and depth over two dominant periods before cooling it down in the third at UBC Thunderbird Arena in Vancouver.

Jessie Vetter made seven saves for the Americans, who led, 12-0, after two periods before throttling down their offense, taking just two shots in the third. The hapless Russian team gave little help to its two backup goalies facing the loaded U.S. lineup.

"All we were trying to do was keep everyone involved and playing," said four-time Olympian Angela Ruggiero, who scored her second goal of the games. "We still had things we could work on while still respecting our opponent."

The Russians didn't help themselves by playing their two backups against the mighty Americans. Anna Prugova stopped 16 shots before Mariya Onolbaeva relieved her in the second period with the U.S. team up, 10-0.

The Americans played without forward Erika Lawler, who bruised her ankle in a tumble into the boards Sunday against China.

Speedskating surprise

South Korea won another stunning gold at the Olympic speedskating oval in suburban Richmond, British Columbia, as Lee Sang-hwa knocked off two favorites in the women's 500 meters.

German world-record holder Jenny Wolf and China's Wang Beixing came in expecting to battle for the top spot on the podium, having swept all eight 500 races during the World Cup season. But Lee held off Wolf by five-hundredths of a second, winning with a total time of 1 minute, 16.09 seconds.

Wolf had the fastest time in the second race, but it wasn't enough to erase Lee's lead from the first heat, leaving the German with a silver at 1:16.14. Wang took the bronze in 1:16.63.

Until these games, the Asian nation had never won a Winter Olympics gold in any sport except short track. Now, the Koreans are dominating on the big oval, winning two of the first four events and taking silver in another.

Lee's victory gave South Korea a sweep of the 500s. Mo Tae-bum captured gold in the men's race a day earlier and is expected to be one of the top challengers to American world-record holder Shani Davis in today's 1,000.

Mo put up the second-best time of the men's opening race, then blazed around the track in 34.90 seconds to snatch the gold with a total time of 1 minute, 9.82 seconds. Japan took the next two spots - Keiichiro Nagashima claiming silver (1:09.98) and Joji Kato the bronze (1:10.01).

The South Koreans also collected an unexpected silver in the men's 5,000 from Lee Seung-hoon.

There were no problems with the two ice-resurfacing machines after major malfunctions during the men's 500 caused a delay of about an hour and left officials considering whether to postpone the event to another day. A backup machine was brought in from the Olympic oval in Calgary, but it wasn't needed.

The top American was Olympic rookie Heather Richardson, a North Carolina native who made the inline-to-ice transition in 2007 and expects to make a bigger splash at the Sochi Games in 2014.

She finished an encouraging sixth in 1:17.17, shaving two-tenths of a second off her time in the second heat. The other Americans were far back: Elli Ochowicz was 17th, four-time Olympian Jennifer Rodriguez 21st, and Lauren Cholewenski 30th.

U.S. curling loss

Germany's Andy Kapp never even had to release his final rock. He took out two U.S. stones with his second-to-last throw to secure a win for the Germans in their Olympic curling opener.

The Americans' shot-making wasn't nearly as spot-on in their 7-5 defeat yesterday.

2d medal for German

Magdalena Neuner of Germany won the women's 10-kilometer biathlon pursuit in Whistler for her second medal of the Vancouver Games.

Neuner built a commanding lead by shooting cleanly at the second prone position to pull away from silver medalist Anastazia Kuzmina of Slovakia. Neuner was never threatened the rest of the way, despite missing one target at each of the two standing shootings. Marie Laure Brunet of France won the bronze.

Huefner takes luge gold

Germany's Tatjana Huefner won the gold medal in women's luge, the ninth for her country in 13 Olympic competitions.

Huefner finished four runs in 2 minutes, 46.52 seconds. Austria's Nina Reithmayer won the silver after ysterday's final two runs, and Germany's Natalie Geisenberger took the bronze.

Erin Hamlin of Remsen, N.Y., was the top American, finishing 16th.

Associated Press
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