Ice Battles Heat Up In Turin

  • As Day 11 drew to a close, Germany was tops with 20 medals, including eight golds. Norway was next with 18, followed by the United States with 17. Austria was next with 16 and Russia had 15.
  • The International Olympic Committee said Tuesday that it will launch a disciplinary investigation to probe possible doping violations by the Austrian biathlon and cross-country skiing teams, even without a positive doping test.
  • NBC Olympics chief Dick Ebersol said Monday that despite modest TV ratings, the network will make a profit of $50 million to $75 million on the Winter Games, and that NBC is "not even discussing" offering make-goods to Olympic advertisers. "We are sitting on a mountain of more than $900 million in cash between the network, cable and our owned stations for these Games, and I can promise you it's safe," he said.

    Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto were still on the ice long after getting their silver medals in ice dancing. They posed for pictures, clowned for the crowd, waved the flag and tried to thank every single fan who showed up to cheer them, The Early Show correspondent Tracy Smith reports.

    "This is absolutely amazing," Agosto said Monday night, wearing a smile that looked as if it would never come off. "We really feel this medal belongs to a lot of people who put in years and years of support. And for the teams that came before us and put in years of dedication building the sport of ice dancing in the U.S.

    "It is hard to put into words. It is really wonderful."

    Germany won the men's 30-kilometer biathlon relay Tuesday to give the country its eighth gold medal at the Turin Games.

    Austria almost immediately matched its neighbor — Felix Gottwald won the country's eighth gold with a come-from-behind victory in the Nordic combined large hill sprint.

    In the biathlon relay, Ricco Gross, Michael Roesch, Sven Fischer and Michael Greis covered the San Sicario course in 1 hour, 21 minutes, 51.5 seconds for their country's fourth Olympic gold in the race. The Germans also won in 1992, '94 and '98.

    Russia was 20.9 seconds back, and France edged Sweden for the bronze in a photo finish.

    Ole Einar Bjoerndalen skied a brilliant final leg but could only haul his underperforming Norwegian teammates into fifth place.

    The Germans also looked like favorites to take the Nordic combined sprint when Georg Hettich, who won gold in the individual normal hill event, jumped 133.5 meters on the large hill for 125.7 points and a five-second lead to take into the 7.5-kilometer cross-country race.

    But Hettich faded fast, allowing Gottwald and then Magnus Moan of Norway to overhaul him for gold and silver. Hettich hung on for bronze. It was Gottwald's second gold of the games. He was part of the winning Nordic combined team event last week.