Day 17: Sunday, February 28

Cross-country - Day 17
Any doubters of Petter Northug's ability were likely silenced -- at least until the next Olympics. The world's No. 1 cross-country skier came through on all pre-Games expectations with a memorable final dash in the men's 50km mass start. The top five athletes were separated by just 1.6 seconds to help close Whistler Olympic Park for the Vancouver Winter Games.

Day 16: Saturday, February 27

Cross-country - Day 16
Justyna Kowalczyk saved her best for last in all respects. After creating headlines with her mouth -- she complained about the course in Whistler and made it known she thought competitors were using asthma excuses to get otherwise-banned drugs -- the Polish world No. 1 finally broke through with her first gold medal of the Games. She beat Marit Bjoergen of Norway (who won her fifth medal of the Olympics) in a furious sprint to the line. Over 90 minutes of competition came down to 0.3 seconds.

Day 14: Thursday, February 25

Cross-country - Day 14
Two achievements were reached by Norway in the women's 4x5km relay: For starters, Marit Bjoergen closed out the team gold medal for her own third gold medal of the Olympics, making her the first Vancouver Olympian to reach that mark. She was also the first to four medals. Her compatriot Kristin Stoermer Steira also claimed a personal mark, winning her first Olympic medal. What made it special was that she was a four-time fourth-place finisher with fifth- and eighth-place finishes to boot.

Day 13: Wednesday, February 24

Cross-country - Day 13
Four days after placing two of its team members on the podium for the men's pursuit race, Sweden's cross-country team earned its fifth Olympic gold medal in the men's relay -- its first since 1988. Marcus Hellner made the final push in the 4x10km to secure victory. The silver medal was won by Norway but primarily on the skiing of world No. 1 Petter Northug who erased over 30 seconds of deficit to move from sixth to second. The Czech Republic was third.

Day 11: Monday, February 22

Cross-country - Day 11
Welcome back, Petter Northug. The Norwegian world No. 1 who had dominated the first half of the World Cup season had been relatively missing from the top of the podium since his collapse at January's Tour de Ski. Thanks to a frantic dash in the final leg of the men's team sprint, Northug not only earned the gold medal that had eluded Norway's men's cross-country team since 2002, but he proceeded to silence any doubters about his abilities to rise to the occasion on the sport's biggest stage.

Day 9: Saturday, February 20

Cross-country -- Day 9
Beware the Swedes and their camaraderie. If there was anything the men's 30km pursuit taught the cross-country world, it was that. Buoyed by a style of skiing more fitting for cycling's Tour de France, Marcus Hellner (gold), Johan Olsson (bronze) and Anders Sodergren (10th) each earned top-10 finishes. While the other skiers complained about the style of skiing, most lamented that they wish they had the same depth as the Swedes.

Day 8: Friday, February 19

Cross-country - Day 8
Lost in the Petra Majdic crash from Day 6 was the breakthrough performance by Marit Bjoergen of Norway. A silver medalist in Torino and Salt Lake City, Bjoergen had never experienced the feel of an Olympic victory. Despite being upstaged by a broken-ribbed Slovenian, Bjoergen earned her first gold medal in the sprint and doubled up on the feat during Day 8's women's pursuit. While Bjoergen celebrated her moment, however, her compatriot Kristin Stoermer Steira continued her unlucky run with her fourth fourth-place finish at an Olympics.

Day 6: Wednesday, February 17

Cross-country -- Day 6
It may go down as one of the gutsiest performances in Olympic history. Petra Majdic, the world's top sprinter from Slovenia, endured a pre-competition crash during training where she fell down a 10-foot ditch into some rocks. Feeling pain, Majdic completed the qualification round of the individual sprint and earned a berth into the finals. She then went to a clinic and returned in time to compete in three more heats, including the final where she won the bronze medal. It would be later revealed that she had won the medal with a collapsed lung and four broken ribs.

Team USA

Personal best

James Southam made up for the disappointment of not finishing the men's 50km in Torino with his highest finish in 2010.

Record setter

Kikkan Randall turned in an American Olympic record with an eighth-place finish in the women's classical sprint.

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