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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…

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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

Germans dominate women’s skeleton at world championships

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Germans Jacqueline Loelling and Tina Hermann went one-two at the skeleton world championships at home in Koenigssee on Saturday.

Loelling, 22, prevailed by one-quarter of a second after three runs over the 2016 World champion Hermann. Lizzy Yarnold, the Sochi Olympic champion from Great Britain, was .73 back for bronze.

“I didn’t expect to win, though I had perhaps hoped a little bit,” Loelling said, according to the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation.

The top American was Kendall Wesenberg in 13th. Full results are here.

Loelling and Hermann, 24, represent the new generation of German sliders, both seeking to become the first Olympic skeleton champion from the sliding sports power.

Hermann swept the World Cup and world championships titles last season, and Loelling can clinch this season’s double at the World Cup finale at the 2018 Olympic track in three weeks.

Yarnold, who returned this season after a one-year break, said Saturday she had head and back issues and that she couldn’t walk three weeks ago.

The world bobsled and skeleton championships conclude with the final two runs of four-man bobsled and men’s skeleton on Sunday.

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Lindsey Vonn crashes out of World Cup super-G (video); out Sunday

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Lindsey Vonn crashed out of a World Cup super-G on Saturday, one day after refusing to start a race due to dangerous course conditions at the same venue.

Vonn fell trying to make a right turn about 17 seconds into her run, sliding into netting with her arms raised above her head in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Vonn came back last month after breaking her right upper arm in a Nov. 10 training crash, the latest in a career filled with injuries.

Vonn lay motionless for several seconds but soon after skied on her own to the bottom of the course. She “was visibly upset and appeared to be crying as she was comforted by teammate Julia Mancuso” in the finish area, according to The Associated Press.

In four super-Gs since her comeback, Vonn has finished ninth and 12th and failed to finish twice.

Slovenia’s world downhill champion Ilka Stuhec won the race by a half-second over Italian Elena Curtoni. Austrian Stephanie Venier was third.

Mikaela Shiffrin was 13th in her fifth career World Cup super-G start, 2.11 seconds behind Stuhec. Full results are here.

“I just didn’t quite handle the peely snow as well as I could have, and I was a bit conservative in sections that I didn’t want to be,” Shiffrin said, according to the U.S. Ski Team. “But I’m happy to get a run in on this hill.

“I feel really good on my skis. I didn’t feel like that run showed it. But I also felt like I had some reservations after seeing how it was [Friday], and I really wanted to ski the whole course and make it down and try to put a time in there. But I wasn’t totally sure how it was going to run. So having a run under my belt is really nice.”

Six of the first 18 racers failed to finish, including a crash by Italian Sofia Goggia, who ranks fourth in the World Cup overall standings. After 20 starters, the race was delayed for about five minutes to treat the deteriorating course, according to Eurosport.

Mancuso, who hasn’t raced since March 2015, was a forerunner for a second straight day.

On Friday, Vonn and Shiffrin criticized race officials (and refused to race) for allowing a super combined to take place on dangerous snow conditions, specifically the bottom pitch, U.S. head coach Paul Kristofic said.

Vonn then spent Friday afternoon throwing up due to possible food poisoning, according to her social media.

The women race another super combined in Crans-Montana on Sunday (4:30 a.m. ET, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app).

Vonn is not entered, choosing to skip it due to the crash and her stomach ailment. She is expected to return for World Cup races next weekend at the 2018 Olympic venue.

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