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    Tuesday, February 17, 1998

    Dahlie sets Winter Olympic record

     HAKUBA, Japan (AP) -- Bjorn Dahlie of Norway became the first Winter Olympian to win seven career gold medals when he helped his team win the 40-kilometer cross-country ski relay.
     Dahlie's victory Wednesday (Tuesday night EST) went along with the gold he won in the 10-kilometer race last week.
     He won the 15K and 50K races in Albertville in 1992, where he also was part of a victorious relay team. Four years ago in Lillehammer, he won gold medals in the 10K and 15K races.
     Cross-country skier Lyubov Yegorova, who competed for the Unified Team and Russia, and Soviet speedskater Lydia Skoblikova had each won six gold medals.
     Dahlie's 11 career medals are the most by any Winter Olympics athlete, moving him ahead of cross-country skier Raisa Smetanina of the former Soviet Union.