Kuzmina won in a time of 21:06.08, Olga Vilukhina of Russia took silver, finishing 19.9 seconds behind the champion, Vita Semerenko of Ukraine took bronze, 21.7 seconds behind.
Slovenia became the surprise of the 2014 Olympic men's hockey tournament by posting a 3-1 win against Slovakia. For the first time in their nation’s history, Slovenia won an Olympic hockey game.
After two scoreless periods, Slovenia came to life early in the third and then held off a furious Slovakia rally.
Slovakia's ice hockey men's team failed, while the United States made a powerful statement of intent in the Olympic men's hockey competition with a 7-1 demolition of Slovakia in the opening Group A game.