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Highlights

Highlights

Opening Ceremony: February 10

Stefania Belmodo lights the Olympic Flame.

Day 1 - February 11

Biathlon: With a victory in the individual 20 km race, Michael Greis of Germany won the first gold medal of the 2006 Winter Olympics; Freestyle skiing: Jennifer Heilo becomes the first Canadian woman to win a medal in moguls. Norwegian Kari Traa won the silver and Sandra Laoura of France won the Bronze.

Day 2 - February 12

Figure skating: Michelle Kwan of the United States withdrew from the Olympics following a groin injury in practice. Emily Hughes was named her replacement; Snowboarding: Shaun White of the U.S. team won the gold medal at the men's snowboarding halfpipe event.

Day 3 - February 13

Biathlon: Svetlana Ishmuratova of Russia won the women's 15 km biathlon. Speed skating: Joey Cheek of the United States won the gold medal at the 500m long track event, where he skated both runs in less than 35 seconds; the fastest time of any other competitor was that of silver medalist Dmitry Dorofeyev, with a 35.17. The first Korean medal in (long track) speed skating in 14 years was won by Lee Kang-Seok of Korea, who took home the bronze medal.

Day 4 - February 14

Ice hockey: In the women's competition, Canada defeated Sweden 8-1; The United States defeated Finland 7-3; Speed skating: Svetlana Zhurova of Russia took home the gold in the women's 500 m event. Wang Manli and Ren Hui of China win the other two medals.

Day 5 - February 15

Luge: Austrian brothers Andreas and Wolfgang Linger won the doubles competition. Teams from Germany and Italy took the silver and bronze; Nordic combined: High winds in the ski jumping hill forced the jury to abandon the team competition halfway through the second round, but the teams resumed the next day. The Norwegians withdrew due to illness.

Day 6 - February 16

Cross country skiing: Kristina Smigun won her second gold medal of the Games with a victory in the women's 10km classical and remains the only Estonian to medal. Curling: In men's action, Great Britain edges Germany 7-6, Switzerland keeps New Zealand winless by winning 9-7, Canada edges Norway 7-6, and the United States defeats Sweden, 10-6.

Day 7 - February 17

Snowboarding: Tanja Frieden of Switzerland takes the gold in women's snowboarding cross after Lindsey Jacobellis of the United States falls on the second-to-last jump while performing an unnecessary method grab to give up the largest lead of the entire tournament. Jacobellis settles for silver, while Canada's Dominique Maltais takes bronze after recovering from a crash; Skeleton: Duff Gibson of Canada takes gold, just ahead of fellow Canadian Jeff Pain. Swiss slider Gregor Stahli wins the bronze. The 39-year-old Gibson becomes the oldest individual gold medalist in Winter Olympics history.

Day 8 - February 18

Alpine skiing: Croatian Janica Kostelic takes gold in the women's combined. Austria's Marlies Schild wins the silver and Anja Parson of Sweden finishes third. Kjetil Andre Aamodt wins gold for Norway in the men's Super G, beating Hermann Maier of Austria. Ambrosi Hoffmann takes bronze for the Swiss. Biathlon: Germans Kati Wilhelm and Martina Glagow finish first and second in the 10km pursuit; Albina Akhatova of Russia takes bronze. Vincent Defrasne wins gold for France in the 12.5km pursuit event, followed closely by Ole Einar Bjorndalen of Norway. Germany's Sven Fischer takes bronze.

Day 9 - February 19

Bobsleigh: The German bob driven by Andre Lange wins gold in the men's 2-man event 0.21 seconds ahead of the Canadian bob of Pierre Lueders and Lascelles Brown and 0.35 seconds ahead of Martin Annen's Swiss sled. Brown becomes the first Jamaican-born competitor to win a Winter Olympic medal, Speed skating: Marianne Timmer of the Netherlands wins the women's 1000m in 1.16.05, 8 years after winning in Nagano. Cindy Klassen of Canada comes in second and favorite Anni Friesinger of Germany wins the bronze, 0.06 seconds behind Timmer.

Day 10 - February 20

Curling: After downing Denmark 8-1, Norway becomes the third team to qualify for the semi-finals in the women's competition, joining Sweden and Switzerland. Canada beats Denmark 9-8, occupying the fourth playoff spot. In the men's competition, Canada defeats the United States 6-3 to qualify for the semi-finals, and will play the USA again in the first game of the medal round. Ski jumping: Austria wins the team event for the first time. Finland takes the silver, while Norway takes the bronze.

Day 11 - February 21

Bobsleigh: The German team of Sandra Kiriasis and Anja Schneiderheinze win gold in the women's event ahead of teams from the United States (Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming) and Italy (Gerda Weissensteiner and Jennifer Isacco); Nordic combined: Felix Gottwald of Austria wins gold in the LH Sprint competition while Norway's Magnus Moan and Germany's Georg Hettich finish in the silver and bronze positions.

Day 12 - February 22

Alpine skiing: Anja Parson of Sweden wins her first Olympic gold medal in the women's slalom; her fifth career medal. Austrians Nicole Hosp and Marlies Schild take silver and bronze; Cross-country skiing Chandra Crawford of Canada wins a gold medal in her Olympic debut in the women's 1.1 km sprint. Germany's Claudia Kunzel edges out Russia's Alena Sidko to earn the silver. Bjorn Lind of Sweden claims the gold medal in the men's sprint in a rout. Frenchman Roddy Darragon edges out Swede Thobias Fredriksson to earn the silver.

Day 13 - February 23

Curling: The Swedish women's team skipped by Anette Norberg win the gold medal match against Switzerland with a 7-6 double take out on the hammer of the 11th end. Canada defeats Norway in the bronze medal match 11-5; Freestyle skiing: China's Han Xiaopeng wins gold in men's aerials by a little more than two points over Dmitri Dashinski of Belarus. Vladimir Lebedev of Russia wins bronze.

Day 14 - February 24

Cross country: Katerina Neumannova of the Czech Republic wins the 30 km freestyle event. Russian Julija Tchepalova claims the silver and Pole Justyna Kowalczyk gets the bronze; Curling: Canada defeats Finland 10-4 in the gold medal match to win the nation's first gold medal in men's curling after winning silver in Nagano and Salt Lake City. The United States men's team defeats Great Britain by a score of 8-6 to take the bronze medal, America's first medal in curling.

Day 15 - February 25

Bobsleigh: The German bob driven by Andre Lange wins gold in the 4-man event 0.13 seconds ahead of the Russian bob driven by Alexandre Zoubkov and 0.41 seconds ahead of Martin Annen's Swiss sled. Short track speed skating : American Apolo Anton Ohno wins the men's 500m, earning his second career gold medal. Canada's Francois-Louis Tremblay wins the silver, while Ahn Hyun-Soo of South Korea earns the bronze, his third individual medal of the 2006 games. Ahn would later win his third gold medal of the Turin Olympics in the 5000m relay, becoming one of the most decorated Korean Winter Olympic athletes ever.

Day 16 - Closing Ceremony - February 26

Ice Hockey: Sweden defeats Finland 3-2 to take the men's ice hockey gold medal, with Nicklas Lidstrom scoring the deciding goal in the final. The Czech Republic takes the bronze after beating Russia.

Closing Ceremony: Manuela Di Centa gives the gold medal to his brother Giorgio.