Sochi 2014: Golden boy Dario Cologna’s historical cross country double

Sochi 2014: Switzerland's Dario Cologna defies injury to claim record-breaking second cross country gold medal

By Kojo Amofa
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Cheers make mine a double: Dario Cologna Photo: Instagram/dariocologna

Dario Cologna has successfully defended his 15km cross country classic title, earning his second gold medal at Sochi 2014 at the Laura cross country course today.

He becomes the first skier to win an Olympic 15km race twice in a row finishing with a winning margin of 28.5 seconds.

The 27-year-old who also won the skiathlon, the opening men’s event of Sochi 2014 on Sunday, came home 28.5 seconds clear of two Swedes, Johan Olsson and Daniel Richardsson.

It’s very special for me to win after my injury in November. I didn’t expect to be on the podium some months ago

Dario Cologna

Cologna has been able to thrive at the games despite a two months absence from the sport following ankle surgery in November.

“My injury is in the past, it still hurts a little bit, but it doesn’t hurt to move. It didn’t affect my result and I didn’t need any painkillers for it,” he said.

“It’s very special for me to win after my injury in November. I didn’t expect to be on the podium some months ago.”

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