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Hattestad wins men’s Olympic cross-country sprint

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — On a day of slips, falls and crashes, Ola Vigen Hattestad took the safest route to an Olympic gold — staying in front from beginning to end.

The Norwegian won the men’s cross-country freestyle sprint Tuesday after dominating every stage from qualifying to an eventful final, where three of his rivals were involved in one big crash.

Hattestad avoided the mayhem by staying well in front, and then held off Teodor Peterson of Sweden for the…

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