Frank Del Duca of USA and team in action during the Men's 4-Bob World Cup in St. Moritz, Switzerland,, on Sunday Jan. 16, 2022. Credit: Mayk Wendt / Keystone via AP

Mainers were active on two Olympic fronts as competition wound down Saturday at the Beijing Games.

Bethel resident and University of Maine graduate Frank Del Duca drove his U.S. four-man bobsled team to a share of 13th place, while Sophia Laukli of Yarmouth finished 15th among 65 competitors in the women’s 30-kilometer mass start cross country skiing race.

Del Duca, driving a sled whose riders included former University of Maine track and field teammate Jimmy Reed, finished with a time of 3 minutes, 57.65 seconds.

That compared with the gold medal-winning sled driven by Germany’s Francesco Friedrich, which was timed in 3:54.30.

The 31-year-old Del Duca also finished 13th in the two-man bobsled competition earlier in these Olympics.

Laukli, 21, made her Olympic debut in the mass-start cross-country skiing race and finished in 1 hour, 31 minutes and 21.2 seconds, or 6 minutes, 27.2 seconds behind Norway’s Therese Johaug, who won her third gold medal of the Beijing Games with a time of 1:24:54.0.

American Jessie Diggins finished second, 1:43.3 behind Johaug to secure the best U.S. finish in an individual Olympic cross-country skiing event since 1976.

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Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...