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Canada stays perfect

Canada took sole possession of first place in its Olympic hockey group Friday night as Joe Juneau and Dave Archibald scored two goals each in a 5-1 win over previously unbeaten Czechoslovakia.

Canada (4-0) faces the Unified Team (3-1) Sunday in its last game before the medal round and can finish first in Group B by winning or tying that game.

A first-place finish would allow the Canadians to play the fourth-place team in Group A _ likely Italy or Germany _ in the quarterfinals. A loss Sunday to the Unified Team would probably give Canada a far more dangerous opponent.

Czechoslovakia (3-1) clinched a playoff berth Wednesday with a 4-3 victory over the Unified Team.

Canada's Sean Burke made 33 saves and has allowed four goals on 83 shots in three games.

The Unified Team drilled France 8-0 to maintain its record of perfect attendance in the medal round.

France was unable to match the Unified Team's intensity, talent, depth and speed and was outshot 51-11. Mikhail Shtalenkov and Andrei Trefilov combined for the tournament's third shutout.

France (1-3) still has a shot at its group's final medal-round berth.

So does Switzerland (1-3), which beat winless Norway 6-3 Friday. But the Swiss need help from the Norwegians, who have lost their four games by an average of seven goals and play France on Sunday. If France wins, it advances.

French women ski and shoot to gold in relay

LES SAISIES, France _ France, spurred by a home crowd, won its first-ever biathlon gold when its women's 3 X 7.5-kilometer relay team upset Germany and the Unified Team. Biathlon combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.

Corinne Niogret, Veronique Claudel and Briand shot perfectly to win the biathlon, included as a women's event for the first time.

Nieminen, 16, is Finn hero

COURCHEVEL, France _ It came down to the last jump, and Toni Nieminen flew into history.

Nieminen nailed it _ 400.16 feet _ giving Finland a come-from-behind victory over Austria for the gold medal in team ski jumping.

It also made him the youngest male champion in the history of Winter Olympics. He is 16 years, 259 days old, one day younger than Bill Fisk of the United States was when he won a bobsled gold medal in 1928 in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Finland's victory was remarkable since only Nieminen uses the new V technique, where the skis are pointed out to add distance.

Duchesnays third, adored

ALBERTVILLE, France _ A sellout crowd, a rarity for compulsories, cheered wildly for Isabelle and Paul Duchesnay of France as ice dancing competition began.

No matter that the world champions finished an expected third in the required dances, worth 20 percent of the total score, behind Marina Klimova and Sergei Ponomarenko and Maia Usova and Alexander Zhulin of the Unified Team.

U.S. champions April Sargent-Thomas and Russ Witherby were 10th. Another U.S. pair, Rachel Mayer and Peter Breen, were 14th.

Germany is 1-2 in doubles

LA PLAGNE, France _ Stefan Krausse and Jan Behrendt held off teammates Yves Mankel and Thomas Rudolph by .186 seconds to give Germany a 1-2 finish in the men's luge doubles.

Wendel Suckow and Bill Tavares were ninth, matching the best ever placing for the U.S.