Sochi Olympic Daily Recap & Medal Count: Day 1

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The 2014 Sochi Olympics got really cranked up today with five medal events taking place across five different sports.

The first of those events saw American snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg score the upset and become the inaugural men’s slopestyle champion – an accomplishment that’s earned him plenty of props from his fellow Olympians

Norway’s “Iron Lady” of cross-country skiing, Marit Bjorgen, notched her fourth career Olympic gold by taking the women’s skiathlon. Her win and Heidi Weng’s bronze gave the team a moment to smile after tragedy touched one of their own

The Netherlands’ Sven Kramer successfully defended his 5000m speedskating gold, leading the Dutch in a 1-2-3 sweep of the podium and becoming a trending topic on Twitter as well…

MORE: Full rundown of Team USA during Day 1

Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen (pictured) claimed his record-tying 12th Winter Olympic medal and did so by claiming his seventh career gold with a triumph in the 10km sprint…

And finally, Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe won gold in women’s moguls over her sister Chloe and the 2010 Olympic champ, Hannah Kearney of the U.S…

The team figure skating competition also continued this afternoon and it saw the fortunes of the Americans change for the better. They now sit in position for the bronze heading into the final day tomorrow…

Women’s hockey got underway and the two gold medal favorites handled their business. The U.S. toppled Finland, while Team Canada began its title defense by beating Switzerland

Bode Miller also led the way as downhill training at Rosa Khutor wound down before tomorrow’s medal event. Afterwards, he expressed his belief that the Olympic course “could kill you.”…

In out-of-competition news, snowboarder Shaun White talked for the first time about his decision to pull out of the slopestyle competition in order to concentrate on winning a third straight halfpipe gold…

Also, the U.S. women’s bobsled team announced their driver/brakeman pairings – and they’ve set up Lauryn Williams with a chance to make some impressive Olympic history

The U.S. men’s bobsled team made their own headlines after Johnny Quinn was forced to do something about his bathroom door when it locked him inside. The result was memorable.

MEDAL COUNT
(Country – Gold/Silver/Bronze — Total Medals)
NOR-2 1 1 — 4
CAN-1 1 1 — 3
NED-1 1 1 — 3
USA-1 0 1 — 2
SWE-0 1 0 — 1
AUT-0 1 0 — 1
CZE-0 0 1 — 1

Alysia Montano announces pregnancy with clever video, no racing plans

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U.S. Olympic 800m runner Alysia Montaño is due in November with her second child, but this time she has no current plan to race at the U.S. Championships while pregnant.

Montaño’s husband and manager, Louis, said Wednesday that she has no races on her calendar (nationals are in late June) but hopes to continue her fitness during pregnancy. She may do a couple of 5Ks this summer.

Earlier Wednesday, the family announced the pregnancy in a clever video.

The video included the couple’s first child, Linnea, was born in August 2014, two months after Montaño made worldwide headlines for racing while eight months pregnant at nationals.

Montaño, 31, last raced at the Millrose Games on Feb. 11 in her first meet since falling in the Olympic Trials 800m final on July 4.

Montaño is set to be awarded her first two world outdoor championships medals, four and six years after she ran those races, due to a former Russian rival’s doping ban.

MORE: Montaño finds little joy after Russian stripped of medals

Sweden drops 2026 Winter Olympic bid

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The city of Stockholm says it won’t bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics.

Karin Wanngard, the city official in charge of finances, says the reason is because the International Olympic Committee will not be able to report how big the financial contribution to the host city will be.

She says the figures “will arrive at the earliest in November.”

This means that time will be too short to get enough analysis for the issues raised by several actors,” said the Swedish lawmaker, whose Social Democratic Party had been supportive of hosting the event.

“We Social Democrats have always thought that the Olympic Games are important for Stockholm’s growth and development,” Wanngard said in a statement, adding there was little backing for the event. “Unfortunately, we are alone to have this position about the Olympic Games.”

Swedish Sports Confederation chairman Bjorn Eriksson said he and his organization “fully respect the decision as we also believe in a realistic budget and a sustainable economy.”

Sports Minister Gabriel Wikstrom also supported the decision, adding that the Social Democratic-led government was “ready to handle requests for financial guarantees.”

“We have also been clear that it is Stockholm’s city that must make its decision first,” he told Sweden news agency TT.

The news comes six days after the Swedish Olympic Committee named a CEO for the 2026 bid.

In January, the committee said that Stockholm staging the 2026 Winter Olympics was “possible and desirable” and that a formal bid was expected in March 2018.

In 2015, Stockholm pulled out of the race for the 2022 Winter Games after Swedish politicians refused to give financial backing. Swedish politicians were uncomfortable because of concerns over costs, the environment, post-Games use of venues, the environment and other issues.

The early 2026 bid plan called for 80 percent of the events in Stockholm, while most of the Alpine competitions would be in the northern resort of Are, more than 600 kilometers (400 miles) from the capital. A few skiing events would be in Falun, 215 kilometers (130 miles) northwest from there.

The 2026 Winter Olympics have one bidder — Sion, Switzerland.

Cities in Austria, Canada, Japan and have also discussed potential 2026 bids, as has Lillehammer, Norway, the 1994 Winter Olympic host. The U.S. is not expected to bid for the 2026 Winter Games.

The next two Winter Olympics will be in East Asia in PyeongChang in 2018 and Beijing in 2022, giving a European or North American city a greater opening to be the 2026 host.

The 2026 Olympic host city is expected to be chosen from an International Olympic Committee members vote in 2019.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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