One's a failed hockey player, the other a Summer Olympic medalist.
As speedskaters, Cindy Klassen and Clara Hughes made Canadian Olympic history.
Using a finishing kick honed from her days as a world-class cyclist, Hughes won the women's 5,000 meters yesterday and Klassen took third, adding to impressive medal totals for them and their team.
Klassen's bronze was her fifth medal of the Turin Games, the most by any athlete. With six career medals, she's now the most decorated Olympian Canada has produced -- and Hughes is right behind her with five.
Hughes was part of the silver-winning squad in the team pursuit last week and was third in this race four years ago. Plus, she won two bronze medals in cycling at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
''The last Winter Olympics I felt like I was a cyclist trying to speedskate and this whole time I had to remind myself that I am a speedskater now," Hughes said. ''This is what I do, and I should not be afraid to be the best in the world."
She proved it in the late stages of the 5,000. After trailing Germany's Claudia Pechstein for 10 of the 12 1/2 laps, Hughes charged ahead and couldn't be caught. She finished in 6 minutes and 59.07 seconds. Pechstein was 1.01 seconds behind in her bid to become the first Winter Olympian to win the same event four times.
''I knew that I could accelerate better than anyone else," Hughes said. ''I am kind of like a diesel. It is the cyclist in me."
Catherine Raney, the only American in the race, finished seventh with a time of 7:04.91. That sealed a shutout for the US women, who failed to win a speedskating medal for the first time since the 1984 Sarajevo Games.
Pechstein's medal was the eighth of her career, tying former East German speedskaters Karin Kania and Gunda Niemann for the most by a woman in Winter Olympics history.
Germany's Lange won his second gold medal of the Turin Games, stacking a four-man bobsled title atop the one he won in two-man to complete a seldom-seen Olympic medal sweep.
Taming the wicked 19-turn Alpine course in Cesana like he was on a weekend joy ride with three friends, Lange and teammates Rene Hoppe, Kevin Kuske, and Martin Putze finished in 3:40.42.
Lange defeated Russian's Alexander Zoubkov (3:40.55) and Switzerland's Martin Annen (3:40.83), who won his second bronze here.
The 32-year-old Lange is only the fifth driver to win both events in the same Olympics, and the first since Germany's Wolfgang Hoppe in 1984 at Sarajevo. Lange, who captured gold in four-man at Salt Lake City in 2002, is the second sledder to win consecutive four-man titles, duplicating German Meinhard Nehmer's back-to-back victories in 1976 and 1980.
Four years ago, Lange's closest competitor was Hays. In his final Olympics, Hays wasn't even close.
The 36-year-old Texan finished seventh -- a spot behind Steve Holcomb in USA-2 -- and ended his brilliant US career.
''The only thing you can ask for in life is a chance," said Hays. ''I had that today. I had it the last two Olympics. I got to win a silver medal in my home country. Unfortunately, I just didn't get it done for my team."
Biathlon's biggest star, Bjoerndalen led for most of the race but settled for the bronze, 12.3 seconds behind Greis, who crossed the finish line 6.3 seconds ahead of silver medalist Tomasz Sikora of Poland.
With a fifth race added at these Games, Bjoerndalen had visions of topping his performance from four years ago when he swept all four golds at Salt Lake City. But he managed only two silvers and a bronze in Italy.
The Norwegian looked like he was going to finish first until the final shooting stage, where he missed two targets and had to circle the 150-meter penalty loop twice as Greis and Sikora sped past. American Jay Hakkinen finished 13th.
The mass start, featuring the top 30 competitors in biathlon, is the ultimate race in the sport. With all the competitors starting at the same time, there's the added elements of jockeying and tactical risks on the loops.
In the women's 12.5K mass start, Anna Carin Olofsson of Sweden took advantage of a weeklong rest and a mid-race cushion to win gold.
Olofsson finished 18.8 seconds ahead of Kati Wilhelm and 41.9 in front of Uschi Disl, both of Germany.
Olofsson added to her silver medal in the sprint and, because the Swedes did not have a team in the relay race, she had a full week off, helping her dominate the competition.