SOCHI, Russia — The most decorated country in Winter Olympic history earned four more medals Tuesday and the most famous snowboarder in the world had his hopes for a third straight gold in the halfpipe dashed.
Norway won double gold in the cross-country freestyle sprints while picking up silver medals in the women’s sprint and in the women’s 10-kilometer biathlon pursuit. That gave the Norwegians the medal lead as the games concluded their fifth day, and it pushed their overall total to 317 since the Winter Olympics began in 1924.
The United States saw several of its best hopes evaporate, including Shaun White, the flamboyant snowboarder who was dethroned by Iouri Podladtchikov.
Known as “I-Pod,” the Russian-born Swiss snowboarder was flawless while White failed to master his rival’s best trick.