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Like a rock, Petra Majdic lived up to the Greek meaning of her first name with a courageous performance in the women’s cross-country sprint. After skidding off the exceptionally icy trail in warm up, emerging in intense pain – the result, she found of later, of having broken four ribs – she insisted on racing.

Though she collapsed in agony after every heat, Petra put down the hammer in the final heat to take bronze – her country’s first Olympic medal in the sport, and a feat that is likely to get her Slovenia’s sportswoman of the year award for the fourth time.

PHOTO: Michael Dalder/Reuters

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