Ski postponed, hockey shines

Alex Ovechkin, left, powered Russia to an 8-2 win over Latvia. (AP)

Heavy snow forced more Olympic Games alpine ski races to be postponed on Tuesday but Canada's star-studded ice hockey team shone brightly with a winning start to their gold medal campaign.

Hockey-mad host Canada is favourite with playmaker Sidney Crosby of the NHL champion Pittsburgh Penguins joined by a stellar cast.

They crushed Norway 8-0 with Jarome Iginla grabbing three goals and Dany Heatley two.

For Russia, Washington Capitals playmaker Alex Ovechkin scored twice in an 8-2 win over Latvia while the United States did enough to beat Switzerland 3-1. Maelle Ricker became the first Canadian woman to win Olympic gold on home ground when she claimed victory in the snowboard cross.

A day after South Korea claimed their first ever Winter Olympic gold outside short-track skating, Lee Sang-Hwa matched the feat by winning the women's 500 metres speedskating in a shock victory over hot favourite Jenny Wolf of Germany.

Germany's Tatjana Huefner claimed gold in the women's luge singles, while her compatriot Magdalena Neuner took the women's 10km biathlon pursuit title.

Sweden's Bjorn Ferry won the men's biathlon pursuit.


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