KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) Marit Bjoergen is still in a class of her own in women's cross-country skiing, although perhaps not quite as dominant as she was four years ago.
Dario Cologna is now top of the class on the men's side, seemingly unaffected by an injury-plagued season, warm weather and anything that his rivals can throw at him.
The cross-country events at the Sochi Olympics saw two of the sport's biggest stars grab the spotlight over a two-week program that also saw other favorites falter, new faces emerge and old rivalries being renewed.
Several new and exciting events have been added to the program since cross-country skiing debuted at the first Winter Olympics in 1924. More than 310 cross-country skiers are scheduled to compete over eight days at the Laura Cross-Country Ski & Biathlon Center, going toe-to-toe in the individual start, mass start, individual sprint, team sprint, relay and pursuit races. While this sport has traditionally been dominated by Nordic countries, many athletes - such as the United States' Kikkan Randall - are hoping to break through. Using skis and poles, cross-country skiing is considered one of the more difficult endurance sports on the docket.