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Ryan St. Onge and Jeret "Speedy" Peterson are headed to the finals in the men's freestyle aerials -- and defending Olympic champion Han Xiaopeng of China and this year's top jumper, Anton Kushnir of Belarus, aren't.
St. Onge was second in qualifying, Peterson fifth. Han and Kushnir fell on their second jumps.
"I have had a lot of trouble landing this year," St. Onge said. "To come out today and land two jumps the way I wanted to is unbelievable."
Both team sprints -- a freestyle event with two skiers taking turns going three laps -- were decided in dashes to the finish.
Norway's Petter Northug did it in the men's event, pulling away from Germany's Axel Teichmann. Norway's Ola Vigen Hattestad -the reigning world champion in the individual and team sprints, and winner of the last two World Cup sprint titles -- pulled out because of a sore throat.
Americans Torin Koos and Andy Newell were ninth.
Germany won the women's team sprint when Claudia Nystad beat Sweden's Anna Haag across the line by 0.6 seconds. Americans Caitlin Compton and Kikkan Randall were sixth.
Russia took bronze in both events.
On his final jump in the team event, 20-year-old Gregor Schlierenzauer soared farther than anyone else in these Winter Games to wrap up the gold for Austria. This was his third medal; he won bronze in both individual events.
Switzerland's Simon Ammann, who won both individual events, didn't compete in the team event because his country didn't have the four jumpers needed for a team.
More changes are coming to the Whistler Sliding Center, this time to shave the ice in several tricky curves in hopes of making the track easier for bobsledders to navigate.
"It's still going to be the toughest track in the world. No doubt," U.S. coach Brian Shimer told The Associated Press.
Changes came after a two sleds crashed during supplemental training, which many nations chose to skip, opting for rest instead.
The women's event is Tuesday and Wednesday, with the men's four-man event Friday and Saturday.
Magdalena Neuner of Germany won't go for a third gold medal, pulling out of the relay on Tuesday because of exhaustion.
Neuner said she is "happy and satisfied" with having won gold in the pursuit and mass start races, and silver in the sprint, but that her Olympics have been "incredibly stressful."
BUS DRIVER DIES
Police say a 71-year-old bus driver working at the Olympics died on duty while driving other drivers to their depot. He's believed to have had a heart attack.
Another driver grabbed the wheel and safely stopped the bus, said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
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