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Airing it out: Team USA's Day 2 recap
Day 2 of the 2014 Olympics began on a high note for Team USA, with a historic gold in women's snowboarding slopestyle, and continued with the Americans in action on the final day of the team figure skating event and one of the marquee Olympic events -- the men's downhill. See how the Americans fared on Sunday.
Snowboarding: Women's slopestyle
A day after American Sage Kotsenburg opened the Games in grand fashion by winning the first ever snowboarding slopestyle competition, fellow compatriot Jamie Anderson followed suit by taking the inaugural Olympic women’s slopestyle event. The South Lake Tahoe, Calif. native entered the Olympics as a heavy favorite after winning the 2012 and 2013 X Games, and made a near flawless run in the final to take home the prize.
Enni Rukajarvi of Finland took the silver medal and Jenny Jones won the bronze, which was the first medal in any snow sport for Britain.
PHOTOS: Top images from Day 2
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Figure skating: Team event
The Russians brought the home crowd to their feet, winning the first-ever Olympic team figure skating event after triumphant free skates from Yevgeny Plushenko, Yulia Lipnitskaya and ice dancing team Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov. The gold, the first for the host nation during these Games, was secured for Team Russia even before the last event due to a large point lead.
The American team took bronze following the free program routines from world champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White, and first-time Olympians Jason Brown and Gracie Gold. Davis and White set a record in for highest score ever for a free dance program in ice dancing, and defeated their rivals and defending Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir by nearly seven points. Reigning U.S. champion Gracie Gold skated to "Sleeping Beauty" and finished in second behind Lipnitskaya in the ladies free. Colorado native Jason Brown, a newly minted YouTube sensation thanks to his joyful skate to “Riverdance” at the U.S. Nationals, landed in fourth after a fall but still had an impressive Olympic debut.
Russia’s performance over the last few days signaled a return to the top of figure skating after no Russian skater won gold in Vancouver. Plushenko has also cemented his Olympic legacy by adding a fourth medal from a fourth Games to his collection.
PHOTOS: Team event final day
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Alpine skiing: Men's downhill
After taking last year off to recover from a knee injury, anticipation ran high after 5-time U.S. Olympian skier Bode Miller won the first of three men’s downhill training runs in Sochi on Thursday. But it wasn't meant to be on Sunday, as the New Hampshire native finished in 8th, far behind race winner Matthias Mayer of Austria. Miller was one of the fastest skiers at the top of the course but hit a gate, which hindered his end result.
Another pre-race favorite, Aksel Lund Svindal, finished in fourth, while American Travis Ganong had an impressive fifth place showing.
WATCH: Bode Miller sits down with Tom Brokaw
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Luge: Men's singles
Olympic champion Felix Loch defended his luge title and helped Germany win their first gold medal of the 2014 Games. The now 24-year-old Loch was the youngest Olympic champion in men’s singles luge back in 2010 and captured his second gold on Sunday. Russia’s Albert Demtschenko gave Russia another home medal with his second place finish. The bronze medal went to 40-year-old Armin Zoeggler, who became the first Olympian (Summer or Winter) to win an Olympic medal in the same event six consecutive times: the streak began at the 1994 Lillehammer Games and has continued all the way through Sochi.
Chris Mazdzer finished atop all American sliders with a 13th place finish. The Pittsfield, Mass. native also placed 13th at Vancouver as well. The two American sliding teenagers Tucker West and Aidan Kelly finished 22nd and 24th respectively.
WATCH: How to conquer the Sochi luge track
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Speed skating: Women's 3000m
Ireen Wuest gave the Netherlands their second gold medal of the 2014 Sochi Games on Sunday. Wuest finished ahead of a strong field in the women’s 3000m speed skating event, dethroning the reigning Olympic champion Martina Sablikova in the process, who captured a silver. Rounding out the medal winners was Russia’s own Olga Graf, who sent the Adler Arena into a frenzy with her bronze medal performance -- Russia’s first medal of the Olympic Games. American Jilleane Rookard of Michigan finished 10th out of 28 skaters while Minnesota’s Anna Ringsred ended up 26th overall.
Ski jumping: Men's normal hill
The World Cup leader and winner of four World Cup events this season, Polish ski jumper Kamil Stoch clinched the men’s normal hill event on the final jump of the event. Peter Prevc of Slovenia took silver and Norwegian Anders Bardal won bronze.
Finals qualifier Robert Kranjec of Slovenia withdrew from the final after a thrashing fall during qualifiers. He cited a knee injury as the reason for bowing out of competition.
WATCH: Robert Kranjec's brutal fall
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Three Americans qualified for the final -- Nick Alexander (34th), Peter Frenette (45th) and Anders Johnson (47th).
On the women's side, training continued this morning at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center. Red flags were raised by reigning World Cup champion Sarah Hendrickson when she opted out of the first round of training jumps on Sunday. She then finished 27th out of 29 in round two and 23rd out 25 in round three. Hendrickson was sidelined by a torn ACL and MCL six months ago when she crashed during training.
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