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Not as planned: Team USA's Day 4 recap
Tuesday featured a day of competition that fell off script for Team USA. Shaun White didn't reach the podium, along with the favorite in the cross-country sprint, Kikkan Randall. Despite the disappointment for the U.S., Day 4 was historic, with Erin Hamlin winning the first singles luge medal in Olympic history for the U.S. and the debut of women's ski jumping. See how the Americans fared here.
Snowboarding: Men's halfpipe
It was set up to be a perfect ending. Shaun White, dropping into the halfpipe for the final run of the men's halfpipe final, looking to win his third consecutive Olympic halfpipe gold medal. But the script didn't play out the way Americans hoped, as White was not able to reach the podium thus ending his Olympic reign. Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov upset the two-time defending champion by landing his "YOLO flip" - a double cork 1440 during a spectacular run.
White entered the final run needing an epic trip through the halfpipe to top the Podladtchikov's score of 94.75, but couldn't land the "YOLO flip" cleanly.
15-year-old Ayumu Hirano from Japan took the silver, while his compatriot Taku Hiraoka won bronze. Americans Danny Davis and Greg Bretz qualified for the final but couldn't complete clean runs, finishing 10th and 12th, respectively. It's the first time ever that the U.S. has failed to win a medal in a men's or women's Olympic halfpipe event.
PHOTOS: Top images of Day 4
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Freestyle Skiing: Women’s slopestyle
American freestyle skier Devin Logan claimed silver in the debut of women’s Olympic freestyle skiing slopestyle. She slithered and soared through the soft, slushy course at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, landing just about every trick on her way to the podium. Canadian teenager Dara Howell nailed her opening run to win the first Olympic gold medal in women's freestyle skiing slopestyle.
WATCH: Canadian Yuki Tsubota violent crash in ski slopestyle debut
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American luger Erin Hamlin became the first USA Luge athlete to ever medal in a singles event, wining the bronze medal. Hamlin spent more than half her life chasing an Olympic medal. At 27, another Olympics isn't guaranteed. But now the Remsen, N.Y. native is a world champion and Olympic medalist, leaving no hole on her resume.
Germany's Natalie Geisenberger won the race in dominant style, ensuring a singles sweep atop the podium for the Germans in the singles luge races. Fellow compatriot Felix Loch won the gold in the men's singles on Monday.
MORE: Hamlin breaks 50-year U.S. drought
Ski Jumping: Women's normal hill
History was made in Sochi as the women’s ski jumping event made its Olympic debut. Men’s ski jumping has been an Olympic event since 1924 but the women waged a years-long legal battle, including an unsuccessful law suit against the organizing committee of the Vancouver Olympics, before the International Olympic Committee voted to add the women’s competition.
Wearing bib number 1, American Sarah Hendrickson became the first woman ever to ski jump in an Olympic event. Hendrickson underwent an intense physical rehab to recover from a knee injury and was still feeling pain, but jumping into history validated all her struggles. The highest American finisher was Jessica Jerome in 10th, followed by Lindsey Van in 16th and Hendrickson in 21st.
The gold was awarded to German Carina Vogt, who seemed overcome by emotion and disbelief when her winning score was announced. Daniela Iraschko-Stol of Austria took silver and Coline Mattel of France took bronze. Sara Takanashi of Japan, who has won 19 World Cup events and was considered the favorite, finished off the podium in fourth.
WATCH: Carina Vogt jumps into history
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Cross-Country Skiing: Individual sprint
Alaska’s Kikkan Randall was attempting to become the first American woman to ever win a cross-country skiing medal. Unfortunately, she fell short and was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the women’s individual freestyle sprint. Like Randall, Ida Sargent and Jessie Diggins both failed to advance to the final stage. One American, Sophie Caldwell, of Vermont, did advance to the finals and surprised many by finishing sixth overall. The sixth place finish was the best-ever finish by a U.S. female cross-country skier.
The event was won by Norway’s Maiken Caspersen Falla, while fellow compatriot Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg took the silver in a photo finish over Vesna Fabjan of Slovenia. The gold was Falla’s first Olympic medal and the 100th belonging to Norway in the history of the Winter Olympic Games.
Speed Skating: Women’s 500m
After dominating the World Cup circuit this season, winning every event she entered, South Korea’s Lee Sang-Hwa took home her second straight Olympic 500m title. Lee’s combined time of 1 minute, 12.70 seconds was also an Olympic record. Olga Fatkulina of Russia earned the silver medal and Margot Boer of the Netherlands claimed bronze, giving the Netherlands its eighth speed skating medal in Sochi.
Heather Richardson of the United States, who came into the Olympics ranked second in the World Cup standings, was in fourth place after the opening round. Richardson’s pace slowed in her second round, where she dropped to eighth place. U.S. teammates Lauren Cholweinski finished in 15th place and Sugar Todd placed 29th. Richardson will race in the 1000m on Thursday, along with teammate Brittany Bowe.
Biathlon: Women’s 10km pursuit
Biathlete Darya Domracheva won Belarus their first gold medal of the 2014 Sochi Games in the women’s 10km pursuit. The gold is Domracheva’s second career medal after earning the bronze in the individual event back at the 2010 Vancouver Games. Tora Berger, of Norway, earned herself a second career medal with her second place finish in the 10km pursuit, while Slovenia’s Teja Gregorin earned the bronze.
American Susan Dunklee finished highest of all U.S. racers with her 18th place finish. Sara Studebaker and Annelies Cook ended up in 51st and 54th, respectively.
Figure Skating: Pairs short program
After helping Team USA to bronze in the team figure skating event, the pairs team of Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir finished the short program portion of the pairs event in ninth place. Their energetic skate to the music of Santana earned a personal best score and qualified them to compete in the free skate portion, which will take place Wednesday. The second American team of Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay also advanced to the free skate by placing 14th. The Russians continued their streak of figure skating dominance with the team of Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov finishing first and Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov finishing third. In second place after the short program was Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy from Germany
PHOTOS: Pairs short program
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