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2010 Winter Olympics roundup: Utah's Ligety denied again after DQ in men's slalom

Ted Ligety got his nickname — "Teddy Ball Game" — for big results under pressure. He struck out, though, at the Vancouver Olympics.

Ligety was 0 for 4 at Whistler. His last chance at a podium finish ended early Saturday when he skied off the course during the first run of the slalom.

"The Olympics weren't that sweet for me," said Ligety, who won gold in Turin four years ago. "It was fun to be here, and it was cool to watch the U.S. success. But obviously I was hoping for more from myself. So, that's a disappointment."

His best finish was fifth in the super-combined. He finished 19th in the super-G and wound up ninth in his top event, the giant slalom. That's definitely a race he wouldn't mind having back again.

"I'd ski a little bit differently than I did," said Ligety, who's from Park City. "But I don't get that chance. ... It's just how it goes."

In Torino, Ligety was an unheralded 21-year-old kid coming out of nowhere to win gold in the combined.

This time around, he had more expectations, more demands. He figured he was ready for it, but it didn't pan out.

"I was really expecting myself to get a medal and hoping to get a medal," Ligety said. "But at the same time, I've been doing this my whole life. In order to survive in this sport, and survive those disappointments, you have to be able to move on."

There is one consolation: He's still chasing a World Cup crown in the giant slalom. He'll defend his lead in the last race during the World Cup finals week in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, in March.

"I can still be the best in the world in the giant slalom," Ligety said. "I just didn't perform on one day."

Bode Miller wasn't able to add anything beyond the gold, silver and bronze he'd already won. He bailed out just a few gates into the slalom, a casualty of "grabby" snow that bedeviled a slew of skiers.

Miller is one of only five men to get three alpine medals at a games, a record performance for a U.S. skier. His five career Olympic medals are tied for second on the career list behind Norway's Kjetil Andre Aamodt, who has eight.

"I really couldn't be much happier," Miller said. "I came out, I was ready, I was prepared — that's all the stuff you can do."

Giuliano Razzoli won, giving Italy's first Alpine medal in the Winter Games in 16 years.

Ivica Kostelic of Croatia picked up his second silver in Vancouver, while Austria's usually powerful men's team finished an Olympic shutout.

HOCKEY: Finland has won the bronze medal in hockey, rallying from a late two-goal deficit for a 5-3 victory over Slovakia.

Olli Jokinen scored the tying and go-ahead goals during the dynamic third-period comeback by Finland, the only team to win four medals in the past five Olympic tournaments.

SPEEDSKATING: Chad Hedrick and a pair of 19-year-old teammates couldn't keep up with the Canadians.

Hedrick took silver in the final race of his career. He goes out with five medals in five events, joining Eric Heiden as the only American men to win that many at the oval.

Germany repeated as the gold winners in women's team pursuit, edging Japan by two-hundredths of a second in the final after escaping the semifinals with Anni Friesinger-Postma's belly slide across the line to beat the Americans.

Poland claimed the bronze, overcoming the United States when Catherine Raney-Norman couldn't keep up with teammates Jennifer Rodriguez and Jilleanne Rookard. They crossed ahead of the Poles, but the time only counts when all three skaters finish.

SNOWBOARDING: Anderson, a seven-time World Cup champion, carved through the rain-sluiced, fogged-in course to take down Austria's Benjamin Karl, the top-ranked rider in the world.

It was his first Olympic medal in four tries, adding it to his four world championship golds and a career that has done more than anyone's to spread the word of snowboarding across his wintry country.

Bronze medalist Mathieu Bozzetto of France called the conditions "ugly," and American Tyler Jewell said if this had been a World Cup event, "they probably would have canceled it."

American Chris Klug — who won bronze in 2002, 18 months after a lifesaving liver transplant — knocked off the top seed but later skidded out. He finished seventh, Jewell 13th.

CURLING: Eight years ago in Salt Lake City, Martin's final stone went an inch too far and the Canadians lost the gold medal to the Norwegians. This time, with a sellout crowd singing the national anthem, Martin's final stone didn't even matter. Canada stormed through the tournament 11-0 to win gold for the second straight Olympics. (Martin, however, wasn't on the 2006 squad.)

Switzerland swept past Sweden for the men's bronze medal, getting two points on its final rock.

CROSS COUNTRY: Canada turned in its four cross-country skiers for the 50-kilometer mass start classic race on Sunday, and it doesn't include legally blind Brian McKeever, who was hoping to become the first competitor in both the Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

The 30-year-old McKeever — who started going blind in college because of a degenerative disease, but still has peripheral vision — said he understands the decision.

"Olympic dream over," he wrote on his Twitter account. "I don't think I've ever been so sad."

In the women's 30k classical race, Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk beat Bjoergen in a photo finish. Kowalczyk, the World Cup leader, now has a medal of each color.

American Kikkan Randall finished 24th.