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Off to a flying start: Team USA's Day 1 recap
Team USA got off to a resounding start at the Sochi Olympics, taking a surprise gold in the first event of the Games. The day featured five medal events, including the defending Olympic moguls champion Hannah Kearney attempting to win consecutive titles. Here's a look at how the Americans fared in Day 1.
Snowboarding: Men's snowboarding slopestyle
All the talk leading up to the men's snowboarding slopestyle final was about Canadian domination and triple corks.
American snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg put an end to that when he captured the first gold medal of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The 20-year-old Park City native won the slopestyle final after earning a score of 93.50 on his first run. The victory came in the wee hours of Saturday morning, for those Americans waking up to see the first medal awarded.
PHOTOS: Top images of Day 1
Embedded owg_slideshow: Through the lens: Top images from Day 1
Slopestyle, making its Olympic debut, is an event featuring riders going through a downhill course and executing tricks on rail features and taking large jumps off enormous snow ramps. Not only did Kotsenburg have creative maneuvers in the rail section and unique grabs on the jumps, he also decided to go for it all and bust out a new trick - a backside 1620 with a Japan grab - that was both stylish and technical at the same time.
Kotsenburg was joined on the inaugural Olympic men’s slopestyle podium by Norway’s Staale Sandbech and Canada’s Mark McMorris, who won silver and bronze, respectively. The first ever women’s Olympic slopestyle finals will take place on Sunday, with American Jamie Anderson entering the competition as the favorite.
PHOTOS: Kotsenburg wins slopestyle
Embedded owg_slideshow: Photos: Sage Kotsenburg wins slopestyle at 2014 Sochi Games
Figure skating: Team event
The U.S. entered the second day of the team figure skating competition needing a strong performance from three of their best skaters to advance to the free skate portion of the event. The pairs team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White and ladies representative Ashley Wagner delivered with strong routines to propel the Americans into the final day. World champions Davis and White defeated their rivals, Canadian pair Virtue and Moir, in the ice dance short program, while Wagner finished in fourth in the ladies short. Russian 15-year-old sensation Yulia Lipnitskaya brought down the house to win the women's short program, giving Russia the lead heading into the free skate competitions.
The host country extended their lead on Saturday night when the backup pairs team, Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, won the pairs free skate. Russia leads Canada by six points going into Sunday's final day. Americans Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir finished in fourth in the pairs short, and sit in third place, 13 points behind the host nation. Medals will be awarded in the team event, following tomorrow's ladies, men's and ice dance free programs. The U.S. is expected to send the team of Davis and White and first-time Olympians Gracie Gold and Jason Brown to the ice to compete for a medal.
PHOTOS: Team event - Ice dance short, ladies' short, pairs free skate
Embedded owg_slideshow: Team event gallery: ice dance short, ladies' short, pairs free skating
Freestyle skiing: Women's moguls
Canadian sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe earned first and second place finishes in the women’s moguls final, bringing home a gold and silver medal for Team Canada. The surprise result brought an end to the reign of the defending Olympic champ, Hannah Kearney, who won a bronze medal. The 27-year-old Vermont native was the heavy favorite heading into the final after having won the qualification round, but botched the landing after her first jump in the final run. Kearny announced that she will retire after the Olympics.
WATCH: Meet Hannah Kearney
Embedded video_content_type: Meet Hannah Kearney, 2010 women's moguls champ
Women's hockey: U.S. vs. Finland
The United States Women's Hockey Team kicked off the Olympic tournament on Saturday morning, defeating Finland 3-1.
Returning Olympian Hilary Knight scored 53 seconds into the game and assisted on Alex Carpenter's second-period goal as the Americans turned back third-seeded Finland. Jessie Vetter stopped 14 of 15 shots for the Americans, who play Switzerland on Monday for a chance to clinch a spot in the semifinals. Team USA will follow that up with a battle against their arch-rival Canada, the No. 2 team in the world, on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. ET in a rematch of the 2010 Olympics final. The U.S. and Canada are overwhelming favorites to reach the gold medal game, and Finland is expected to repeat for the bronze.
WATCH: U.S. vs. Finland highlights
Embedded video_content_type: Fresh Take: USA Women defeat Finland 3-1
Speed skating: Men's 5000m
Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer defended his 5000m title on Saturday, winning the Olympic gold and setting a new Olympic-record time of 6 minutes, 10.76 seconds. The Netherlands swept the podium with Jan Blokhuijsen and Jorrit Bergsma claiming the silver and bronze medals, respectively. Kramer will try and sweep the longest distance speed skating events, also competing in the 10,000m on Tuesday. American speed skaters Emery Lehman finished in 16th place and Jonathan Kuck in 19th.
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