Petter Northug reached the podium this time. But the Norwegian superstar was so far behind the Russians that he couldn't use his notorious closing ability to eliminate the gap for the gold in the men's cross-country sprint.
Petra Majdic lay curled up in a fetal position in the finish area, clutching her right side and screaming in pain as she wondered whether her best chance for an Olympic gold was gone.
Marit Bjoergen of Norway wins women's classical cross-country sprint.
Two skiers have passed blood tests to take part at the Vancouver Olympics after earlier being suspended from competing.
After Wednesday's Olympic cross country men's individual sprint the chances are it will be Scandinavian fans of one stripe or another who will get to celebrate.
If Scandinavia traditionally dominate cross country don't tell the Canadians or the Poles as they both hope to have a say in the outcome of Wednesday's sprint race at Whistler Olympic Park.
Brian McKeever says he's raring to go as he stands on the verge of becoming the first man to ski in both the Winter Olympics and Paralympics.