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Sochi Olympic Daily Recap & Medal Count: Day 3

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After earning a record-tying 12th Olympic medal with a 10km sprint gold on Saturday, Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen (pictured) made his first attempt in Sochi to become the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time.

But the “Biathlon King” will have to wait a little bit longer to make it happen after finishing fourth in the men’s 12.5km pursuit that was won by France’s Martin Fourcade.

Only 1.7 seconds separated Bjoerndalen from that coveted 13th medal, but he stayed steady and calm despite the near-miss. For now, the hunt continues…

Canada celebrated a pair of golds this afternoon. Short track skater Charles Hamelin won the 1500m while American hope J.R. Celski finished fourth, and at the end of the day, Alex Bilodeau became the first Olympic freestyle skier to win multiple gold medals when he earned a second consecutive moguls title

Alpine skier Julia Mancuso of the U.S. earned her fourth career Olympic medal by grabbing the bronze in the women’s super combined. Mancuso had led after the downhill portion going into the slalom, but eventually dropped to .53 of a second behind winner Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany; Austria’s Nicole Hosp took the silver…

In speedskating, the Dutch men’s speed skaters were at it again, posting a second Sochi podium sweep in the 500m. Michel Mulder grabbed gold over teammate Jan Smeekens by the slimmest of margins, while Michel’s twin brother, Ronald, placed third. Shani Davis of the U.S. finished 24th in a tune-up for his Wednesday title defense in the 1000m…

Women’s hockey favorites Team USA and Team Canada both won today, but while the Americans romped over Switzerland, the Canadians needed a late breakthrough to take down Finland…

Tomorrow brings the start of the snowboard halfpipe competition, but some of the riders are hoping that the Rosa Khutor pipe will be better than what it has been in training

Outside of competition, the IOC explained why it was keeping competitors from wearing memorial helmet stickers in honor of the late freestyle skiing pioneer Sarah Burke…

Speed skater Olga Graf talked about her near-wardrobe malfunction after putting Russia on the Sochi medal board with her women’s 3000m bronze…

Czech snowboarder Sarka Pancochova said she was “all good” after taking a nasty fall in Sunday’s slopestyle final that wound up splitting her helmet…

U.S. luger Tucker West stood by his dad, Brett, after he mentioned on Sunday’s TODAY Show that his 18-year-old son was “very single”…

The inaugural set of Olympic team figure skating medals were handed out today in Sochi, with the U.S. team taking their bronzes…

And U.S. bobsledder Johnny Quinn had door issues once again, this time in an elevator

MEDAL COUNT – Feb. 10
(Country – Gold/Silver/Bronze – Total Medals)
1. Canada – 3/3/1 – 7
2. Netherlands – 3/2/2 – 7
3. Norway – 2/1/4 – 7
4. United States – 2/0/3 – 5
5. Germany – 2/0/0 – 2
6. Russia – 1/2/3 – 6
7. Austria – 1/2/0 – 2
8. France – 1/0/1 – 2
T-9. Poland – 1/0/0 – 1
T-9. Slovakia – 1/0/0 – 1
T-9. Switzerland – 1/0/0 – 1
12. Czech Republic – 0/2/1 – 3
13. Sweden – 0/2/0 – 2
14. Italy – 0/1/1 – 2
T-15. China – 0/1/0 – 1
T-15. Finland – 0/1/0 – 1
T-15. Slovenia – 0/1/0 – 1
T-18. Great Britain – 0/0/1 – 1
T-18. Ukraine – 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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