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2014 Winter Olympic cross country skiing predictions

Marit Bjoergen
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According to Canada's top cross country skier Alex Harvey of St-Ferreol, Quebec on his twitter account, his social media blackout started on Monday, and his agent will now take over keeping everyone up to date.

Harvey has had a solid cross-country skiing season with flashes of brilliance, but the question is now raised if he has the capability of beating many of the top European cross-country skiers on the world's biggest stage.

One of those top cross-country skiers is Russia's Alexander Legkov.

Legkov will be the home country's best hope. He is a strong medal contender in the men's 30 kilometre and 50 kilometre races. The Olympic 50km race is gigantic in Norway, and many consider the race as the Norwegian equivalent to the Super Bowl.

Switzerland's Dario Cologna, the gold medallist in the men's 15km freestyle from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, is still skiing at a very competitive level. However an Olympic medal might be out of his reach because of ankle surgery in November.

Due to the fact Cologna is not 100%, it could open the door for Harvey, who might just have what it takes in the men's 30km. However, Harvey has had some problems with his endurance level at times in his career, and may not have what it takes in the latter stages of the skiathlon to win an Olympic medal.

On the women's side, this should be Marit Bjoergen's Olympic Winter Games. Bjoergen might just have what it takes to win five Olympic medals and be the face of the 2014 Winter Olympics. American speed skating legend Eric Heiden is the only other athlete to win five gold medals in one Olympic Winter Games. He accomplished the feat at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid.

Here are my predictions in cross-country skiing:

Men's 1.5 kilometre sprint (February 11):

Gold--Eirik Bransdal--Norway
Silver--Nikita Kriukov--Russia
Bronze--Sergey Ustiugov--Russia

Men's 15 kilometre classical (February 14):

Gold--Johan Olsson--Sweden
Silver--Petter Northug--Norway
Bronze--Alexey Poltoranin--Kazakhstan

Men's 30 kilometre skiathlon (February 9):

Gold--Martin Johnsrud Sundby--Norway
Silver--Alexander Legkov--Russia
Bronze--Tobias Angerer--Germany

Men's 50 kilometre mass start (February 23):

Gold--Alexander Legkov--Russia
Silver--Johan Olsson--Sweden
Bronze--Maxim Vylegzhanin--Russia

Men's relay (February 16):

Gold--Norway
Silver--Sweden
Bronze--Russia

Men's team sprint (February 19):

Gold--Russia
Silver--Sweden
Bronze--Norway

Women's 1.1 kilometre sprint (February 11):

Gold--Marit Bjoergen--Norway
Silver--Kikkan Randall--United States
Bronze--Maiken Capersen Falla--Norway

Women's 10 kilometre classical (February 13):

Gold--Marit Bjoergen--Norway
Silver--Justyna Kowalczyk--Poland
Bronze--Therese Johaug--Norway

Women's 15 kilometre skiathlon (February 8):

Gold--Marit Bjoergen--Norway
Silver--Therse Johaug--Norway
Bronze--Kristin Stoermer Steira--Norway

Women's 30 kilometre mass start (February 22):

Gold--Marit Bjoergen--Norway
Silver--Justyna Kowalczyk--Poland
Bronze--Therese Johaug--Norway

Women's relay (February 15):

Gold--Norway
Silver--Sweden
Bronze--Finland

Women's team sprint (February 19):

Gold--Finland
Silver--Norway
Bronze--United States