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Hedrick’s Quest for Five Golds Dashed

February 15, 2006

TURIN, Italy (AP) _ Chad Hedrick’s pursuit of Eric Heiden’s record five gold medals in a Winter Olympics ended when the Americans were eliminated in the quarterfinals of team pursuit Wednesday night.

Hedrick, KC Boutiette and Derek Parra lost to the Italian team of Matteo Anesi, Stefano Donagrandi and Enrico Fabris by nearly a half-second after leading through the first four laps.

Parra and Hedrick were first across the finish line, but Boutiette lagged about 10 feet behind. The Italians crossed together, giving them the victory.

A team wins when its third skater crosses the finish line.

Hedrick won the 5,000 meters Saturday, but his teammates couldn’t help him continue his record quest.

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