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World champion Janka adds Olympic title

  • NEW: Kim Yu-Na of South Korea leads field after ladies' short program in figure skating
  • World champion Carlo Janka of Switzerland wins the men's Olympic giant-slalom
  • American Bode Miller skies out in his attempt to claim a fourth medal of the Games
  • Dutchman Sven Kramer is disqualified for an infringement in the men's 10,000m speed skating

(CNN) -- World champion Carlo Janka of Switzerland added the men's Olympic giant-slalom title to his list of honors on Tuesday -- after Bode Miller skied out in his attempt to claim a record fourth medal at the Vancouver Games.

American Miller, who was attempting to become the first skier in history to stand on the podium four times in one Olympic Games, missed a gate in his first run and was subsequently disqualified, although he still has Saturday's men's slalom to come in his attempts to make history.

Janka held a tiny advantage of just 0.02 seconds after his opening run, but he extended his lead to 0.39 seconds after the second run, to finish ahead of Norwegian pair Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Svindal -- who was also claiming his third medal of the Games.

Janka's victory maintains Switzerland's superb form in the Games, following Didier Defago's downhill victory and Silvan Zurbriggen's bronze in the super-combined.

You must always take a lot of risks. I made no big mistakes from top to finish and that was the key today.
--Carlo Janka

"It was perfect for me, the snow was hard but not icy, good grip, perfect conditions," Janka told the official Olympic Web site.

"You must always take a lot of risks. I made no big mistakes from top to finish and that was the key today."

Speed skating

There was drama in the men's 10,000 meters when Dutchman Sven Kramer was disqualified after failing to switch lanes properly two thirds through the race.

Kramer was hot favorite to add the title to his 5,000m gold medal and clocked an Olympic record time of 12 minutes 54.50 seconds in coming home first.

However, his disqualification meant Korean Lee Seung-Hoon took a surprise gold in 12:58.55, also an Olympic record.

Russia's Ivan Skobrev took the silver and another Dutchman Bob de Jong won the bronze, leaving 23-year-old Kramer a forlorn figure at the side of the track.

Ski cross

Host nation Canada celebrated another gold medal on Tuesday when world champion Ashleigh McIvor sent home fans wild by claiming victory on Cypress Mountain.

In blizzard-like conditions, McIvor was always in control to beat Hedda Berntsen of Norway and France's Marion Josserand.

Pre-Games favorite Ophelie David of France, who has won six consecutive World Cups, failed to finish her quarterfinal after losing control midway through the race.


Magdelana Neuner's decision not to race in the women's relay backfired for Germany, who could only take the bronze medal behind winners Russia and France.

Star performer Neuner, who has already won two golds and a silver in Vancouver, opted out of bidding for a third gold due to mental fatigue and the desire to see one of her team-mates win a medal.

But Germany missed Neuner's cross-country skills, as they were pipped to second place by a fast-finishing French team.


The semifinalists for the women's event have been decided after Tuesday saw the final round of matches being played.

Switzerland and China chalked up wins to ensure they joined hosts Canada and Sweden in the last four of the competition.

Nordic Combined

The Austrian quartet produced a superb display in the cross-country phase to claimed, after ending the ski jumping leg of the combined in third position.

The United States finished second to claim silver, while Germany moved up from sixth to take the bronze medal with Finland finishing out of the medals despite leading after the jump phase.

Figure Skating

Kim Yu-Na of South Korea led after the ladies' short program, skating to the "James Bond" medley. Coached by 1984 and 1988 Olympic silver medalist Brian Orser, Kim led the field with 78.50, with Mao Asada of Japan and Joannie Rochette of Canada in second and third places, respectively.

Kim captured the gold in the world championships last year. All eyes are on Thursday, when the medalists will be determined after the free skating program.

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