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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tonya, Nancy Steal Yegorova's Show

LILLEHAMMER, Norway -- Russia's Lyubov Yegorova became the most successful cross-country skier in Olympic history on Thursday but the Tonya and Nancy Show took top billing.

Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding finally met on the Olympic ice to rehearse their programs for next week's women's figure skating showdown.

It was the first time the two Americans had shared a rink since Kerrigan was clubbed on the knee with an iron bar on Jan. 6. Harding has denied any involvement in the attack.

Even though the pair skated for 25 minutes on the same ice at the Hamar Olympic rink, they never acknowledged each other's presence.

At the cross-country stadium, Yegorova extended a remarkable Olympic record when she won the 10-kilometer pursuit race and became Russia's first double gold medalist of the Lillehammer Games. Her win, over Italy's Manuela di Centa, made her the first Nordic skier to win five Olympic golds and meant she has never finished out of the top two in eight Olympic races.

Yegorova started off with a sizeable 20-second lead and extended it to 26 seconds at one point before the spirited Italian put in a late surge to cut the distance to eight seconds at the finish.

Tens of thousands of fans from across Norway left home in the early hours of the morning to watch Bjorn Daehlie confirm his place as king of Nordic skiing in the 10-kilometer classic race.

Daehlie had a convincing 18-second win over arch-rival Vladimir Smirnov of Kazakhstan for his first gold medal of the Games and the fourth of his career.

Smirnov finally won an Olympic medal after showing so much promise before the Albertville Olympics, but coming up short. It was the first medal for Kazakhstan.

Daehlie's win took Norway to five Lillehammer golds but the Russians elbowed them off the top of the medals table when speed skater Svetlana Bazhanova scored a surprise and controversial win in the women's 3000 meters.

Bazhanova's victory was only possible because overwhelming favorite Gunda Niemann of Germany crashed out.

Niemann, world record holder and unbeaten in the 3,000 for three years, was setting a record pace when her left skate caught an inside lane marker on the third bend. She slid out of her lane, finished the race and was disqualified.

The German team lodged a protest, saying the lane marker had been out of position, but a race jury rejected the appeal after reviewing a videotape of the incident. This is a double tragedy for Niemann, who had to finish in the top 16 in order to qualify for the 5,000-meter race. She is now an alternate for the German team.

The Alpine slopes at Kvitfjell were the scene for yet another upset. This time it was German veteran Markus Wasmeier who ousted the favorites in the men's super-giant slalom.

Newly crowned Olympic downhill champion Tommy Moe celebrated his 24th birthday by claiming silver and Norway's defending champion Kjetil Andre Aamodt settled for bronze.

Moe's birthday was not lost on the boisterous Norwegian crowd which serenaded the Olympic downhill champion with a chorus of "Happy Birthday" as he crossed the finish line.

Norwegian speed skater Johan Olav Koss said on Wednesday he would be giving his $30,000 gold medal bonus to an Olympic aid association working in Sarajevo.

After Olympic chief Juan Antonio Samaranch returned from a brief visit to the 1984 Winter Games host city on Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee said it would match any donations by Lillehammer athletes to the Bosnian cause.