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Grading My Medal Predictions: Cross Country

Men

1.4 k Classical

Predicted:

Gold – Emil Jonsson, Sweden

Silver – Nikita Kriukov, Russia

Bronze – Ola Vigen Hattestad, Norway

Actual:

Gold – Kruikov

Silver – Alexander Panzhinsky, Russia

Bronze – Peter Nortthug, Norway

Joensson didn’t even make the finals, finishing 7th, and Hattestad finished 4th.

Team Sprint – Freestyle

Predicted:

Gold – Norway

Silver – Sweden

Bronze – Russia

Actual:

Gold – Norway

Silver – Germany

Bronze – Russia

Sweden finished out of the top 10. The United States ended up finishing 9th.

15k Freestyle

Predicted:

Gold – Peter Northug Jr., Norway

Silver – Marcus Hellner, Sweden

Bronze – Dario Cologna, Switzerland

Actual:

Gold – Cologna

Silver  – Pietro Piller Cotterer, Italy

Bronze – Lukas Bauer, Czech Republic

Northug finished a disappointing 41st, and Hellner finished 4th. The best American finished 58th.

50k mass start classical

Predicted:

Gold – Lukas Bauer, Czech Republic

Silver – Alexander Legov, Russia

Bronze – Georgio di Centa, Italy

Actual:

Gold – Petter Northug, Norway

Silver – Axel Tiechmann, Germany

Bronze – Johan Olsson, Sweden

Whoops on this one. Bauer finished 12th, Legov 14th and de Centa 11th. The best American finished 28th.

4 x 10k Relay

Predicted:

Gold – Norway

Silver – Germany

Bronze – Russia

Actual:

Gold – Sweden

Silver – Norway

Bronze – Czech Republic

Germany finished 6th and Russia 8th. The US finished 13th.

Women

1.2 k sprint (classical)

predicted:

Gold – Justina Kowalczyk, Poland

Silver – Petra Majdic, Slovenia

Bronze – Hanna Falk, Sweden

Actual:

Gold – Marit Bjoergen, Norway

Silver – Kowalczyk

Bronze – Madjic

Hannah Falk finished a disappointing 29th. Madjic recovered from falling into a ravine and breaking ribs to win a bronze.

Team Sprint

Predicted:

Gold – Sweden

Silver – Italy

Bronze – Slovenia

Actual:

Gold – Germany

Silver – Sweden

Bronze – Russia

Italy finished 4th and Slovenia, without Madjic, didn’t enter a team.

10k freestyle

Predicted:

Gold – Marit Bjoergen, Norway

Silver – Charlotte Kalla, Sweden

Bronze – Irina Khazova, Russia

Actual:

Gold – Kalla

Silver – Kristina Smigun-Vaehi, Estonia

Bronze – Bjoergen

Khazova finished 20th. The best American finished 30th.

15k pursuit

Predicted:

Gold – Petra Majdic, Slovenia

Silver – Justina Kowalczyk, Poland

Bronze – Alno-Kaisa Saarinen, Finland

Actual:

Gold – Marit Bjoergen, Norway

Silver – Anna Haag, Sweden

Bronze – Kowalczyk

Madjic didn’t start due to her rib issue, and Saarinen ended up 5th.

30k Mass Start

Predicted:

Gold – Marit Bjoergen, Norway

Silver – Justina Kowalczyk, Poland

Bronze – Anna Haag, Sweden

Actual:

Gold – Kowalczyk

Silver – Bjoergen

Bronze – Alno-Kalsa Saarinen, Finland

Haag ended up not entering the race. American Holly Brooks finished 36th.

4×5 K relay

Predicted:

Gold – Norway

Silver – Sweden

Bronze – Finland

Actual:

Gold – Norway

Silver – Germany

Bronze – Finland

Sweden finished 5th. Not a bad way to end it, eh?

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