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Czech Martina Sablikova wins gold in women’s 5000m, only slightly limits Dutch dominance

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The Dutch speed skating dominance continued for the most part with the women’s 5000m … except when it came to the gold. That went to the Czech Republic’s Martina Sablikova, who won her second medal in Sochi and fifth overall with a time of 6:51.54 on Wednesday.

If that medal count didn’t solidify the notion that this wasn’t exactly an upset, consider the fact that Sablikova now has two consecutive gold medals in the women’s 5000m. Here’s her medal haul as of this writing:

2014

5000m gold; 3000m silver

2010

5000m gold, 3000m gold and 1500m bronze.

The 26-year-old debuted in 2006 but couldn’t finish better than fourth in any event.

The Dutch shouldn’t be too upset, however. Ireen Wuest’s silver and Carien Kleibeuker’s bronze give the Netherlands an astounding 21 medals in speed skating, with the possibility of more coming on Wednesday.

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Watch profile of Kyle Snyder, youngest American to win wrestling World title

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Kyle Snyder, who became the youngest American to win a World Wrestling Championship on Sept. 11, had planned to redshirt his sophomore year at Ohio State to focus on training for the Rio Olympics.

But Snyder is back wrestling for the Buckeyes this season.

Why?

“Kyle wants to help the team win the national title,” Ohio State coach Tom Ryan said. “It doesn’t hurt Kyle’s chances to make the Olympic team. We meet. He jumps on it.”

The announcement that Snyder would wrestle this season was made at 12:01 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Learn more about Snyder in an NBC Columbus affiliate profile.

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Lydia Ko: Olympics are top priority this year

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CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Top-ranked golfer Lydia Ko says the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be her top priority this year.

Ko, who will defend her New Zealand Open title from Friday, said there was “so much excitement and vibe” around the Olympic tournament, “especially as it’s the first time women will play at the Olympics in golf.”

The 18-year-old New Zealander said “ever since they announced that golf will be in the Olympics I said, ‘Hey, I want to get myself on that team.’ For any athlete to say you’re an Olympian is a whole new proud feeling, and to represent your country on such an international stage it’s going to be a pretty special week.”

The 54-hole New Zealand Open at the Clearwater Golf Club is co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and Australian Ladies PGA.

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