Winter Olympics 2014: Russia appeals medal decision in men's skiathlon

James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

The Russians have appealed the bronze-medal decision in the men's skiathlon.

Russia wasn't happy with the results of Sunday's men's skiathlon, and they're taking their case as high as it can go.

According to the Associated Press, Russia has appealed to the International Ski Federation over the results of the skiathlon, a 30 kilometer cross-country skiing event, in which Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby edged out Russia's Maxim Vylegzhanin for the bronze medal by just one-tenth of a second.

The Russians claim that Sundby crossed into Vylegzhanin's path at the final moment of the race and impeded his progress.


The International Ski Federation has 72 hours to make a decision. Vylegzhanin, 31, finished 17th in the skiathlon at the 2010 Vancouver Games, and he finished second in the event at the 2011 World Championships in Oslo. Sundby, 29, finished just behind Vylegzhanin in Vancouver, placing 18th. The Norwegian finished second in the event at the 2013 World Championships in Italy.

Switzerland's Dario Cologna won gold on Sunday, while Sweden's Marcus Hellner took silver.

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