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Sick Marcus Hellner out of 50K race

Updated: February 22, 2014, 9:14 AM ET
Associated Press

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Three-time Olympic cross-country champion Marcus Hellner of Sweden will miss the concluding 50-kilometer freestyle race at the Sochi Games because of a sinus illness.

Hellner helped Sweden win the relay gold for the second straight Olympics last Sunday but has struggled with blocked sinuses this week, and the Swedish team said Saturday he's not well enough to compete in the grueling 50K race.

Sweden only entered three skiers in the race -- world champion ...

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