Swiss Cologna wins men's 15km cross-country skiing Olympic gold

12:44, February 16, 2010      

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Dario Cologna of Switzerland won the men's 15km cross-country skiing on Monday at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.


Switzerland's Dario Cologna celebrates during the flower ceremony after winning gold in the men's 15 km individual start cross-country final at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in Whistler, British Columbia February 15, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Cologna finished the course in 33 minutes and 36.3 seconds for the gold medal. Pietro Piller Cottrer from Italy placed second with 24.6 seconds behind.

"It was an incredible race for me. I had a very good feeling from the start. I am so happy. I didn't believe that I could win the 15 km," said Cologne after the competition.

"I was going here to get the gold. Getting Silver behind such a great athlete (Cologna) is gold for me. To jump on the podium means that my programme was excellent," said the silver medallist Piller Cottrer.


Switzerland's Dario Cologna (C), Italy's Pietro Piller Cottrer and the Czech Republic's Lukas Bauer (R) pose on the winners' podium during the flower ceremony after winning the men's 15 km individual start cross-country final at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in Whistler, British Columbia February 15, 2010. Cologna won gold, Piller Cottrer won silver and Bauer won bronze. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Lukas Bauer from the Czech Republic finished in 34 minutes and 12.0 seconds for the bronze medal.

Source: Xinhua
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