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Winter wonderland: Team USA's Day 11 recap
The talk surrounding the 2014 Games has been about the warmest weather that a Winter Olympics host city has ever experienced. That all changed on Tuesday, when a picturesque snow fell on the mountain cluster of venues in Sochi. See how the Americans fared on Day 11.
Freestyle skiing: Men's ski halfpipe
The freestyle skiing halfpipe competition, contested for the first time ever in an Olympic Games, was full of thrilling runs despite the thick rain and snow. American David Wise, the 23-year-old from Reno, Nev., scored 92 points on his stellar first run and claimed the gold. Wise’s medal is the 20th earned by Team USA in Sochi. Canada’s Justin Dorey, riding last, was considered Wise's biggest threat for gold but falls on both his runs kept him out of medal contention.
Second place was claimed by Canada’s Mike Riddle and bronze by France’s Kevin Rolland. The other American to qualify for the final was 17-year-old Aaron Blunck, who finished seventh. Compatriots Lyman Currier and Torin Yater-Wallace did not advance out of qualifying.
WATCH: 'Wise' beyond his years
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Snowboarding: Men's snowboard cross
Along with Wise, 27-year-old snowboarder Alex Deibold did his part to extend America’s medal-a-day streak by earning an unexpected bronze medal in snowboard cross. Deibold went to the Olympics in 2010 as a wax technician, then came to Sochi considered to be a member of U.S.A. snowboarding's “B” team. But his hard work paid off when his run was the highlight for the U.S. team on a rain-soaked snowboard cross course that saw the eliminations of veteran Nick Baumgartner and seven-time Winter X Games champion Nate Holland. Deibold’s board crossed the finish line a split second ahead of teammate Trevor Jacobs, to qualify for the final. Deibold dedicated his bronze medal to Chelone Miller, brother of U.S. Alpine skier Bode Miller.
France’s Pierre Vaultier, competing with a nearly-torn ACL, took gold in the event and 22-year-old Russian Nikolay Olyunin took silver.
PHOTOS: Top images from Day 11
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Alpine skiing: Women's giant slalom
Slovenia’s Tina Maze navigated her way through tough weather conditions of snow, sleet and rain, to capture her second gold of the 2014 Games in the women’s giant slalom on Tuesday. The Slovene had tied for gold earlier in the week in the women’s downhill and led after the first of two runs on Tuesday morning, before closing it out by 0.07 seconds over Austrian Anna Fenninger, who took silver. The 2010 Olympic champion in this event, Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg, won the bronze.
18-year-old Olympic rookie Mikaela Shiffrin made her debut in Sochi and finished a respectable fifth. The Vail, Colo. native will be favored in the slalom on Friday. Julia Mancuso’s Sochi Olympics wrapped up with a disappointing performance in the giant slalom, where she skied out midway down the course.
WATCH: Shiffrin rises to the next level
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Men's hockey (Qualification round)
The qualifying round concluded today with a few surprises as to who will be heading to the quarterfinals.
Russia secured its spot in the round of eight, beating Norway 4-0. Russia led 2-0 with about a minute remaining and then netted a pair of goals, one into an empty net, before the clock ran out. They will next play Finland on Wednesday at 7:30am ET.
The 11 seed Latvia took a surprising two-goal lead early in their matchup against Switzerland. Lauris Darzins sealed the victory with a goal in the third. With the 3-1 win, Latvia advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in its nation's history. They will play the defending Olympic champions, Canada, on Wednesday at 12pm ET.
WATCH: Latvia upsets Switzerland
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The Czech Republic went into the final period against Slovakia with a 4-0 lead. The game seemed like an almost certain victory for the Czechs, but Slovakia’s Marian Hossa ripped off two quick goals followed by a goal by Tomas Surovy that cut the lead to 4-3. The Czechs would survive the furious rally and score an empty net goal to lock up a quarterfinal round berth. Czech Republic goalie Ondrej Pavelec stopped 29 of 32 shots in the 5-3 victory. The Czech Republic play Team USA on Wednesday at 12pm ET.
Slovenian goalie Robert Kristan recorded a 30-save shutout and Anze Kopitar, Jan Mursak, Sabahudin Kovacevic and Jan Urbas each tallied a goal to lead Slovenia to a 4-0 win over Austria. Slovenia, making the best of their Olympic debut, will face the No.1 seed Sweden on Wednesday at 3am ET.
WATCH: Czech Republic survives Slovakian 3rd period rally
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Speed skating (Men's 10,000m)
The Dutch continued their speed skating dominance by once again sweeping the podium, this time in the men’s 10,000m event. Jorrit Bergsma knocked off one of the world’s best distance skaters with an Olympic record time en-route to the gold medal. Sven Kramer, who was disqualified in this event at the Vancouver Olympics for not switching lanes, settled for a silver. Finishing off the sweep was Bob de Jong with the bronze. The Dutch have earned 19 out of 27 possible speed skating medals in Sochi.
Once again the U.S. failed to win a medal at Adler Arena. 17-year-old Emery Lehman finished 10th overall, while Patrick Meek, who made it into the 14-man field as an alternate, came in 11th place overall.
PHOTOS: Jorrit Bergsma takes 10,000m
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Biathlon (Men's 15km mass start)
The length of a ski tip determined the gold and silver medal winner in the men’s biathlon 15km mass start on Tuesday. Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway beat Martin Fourcade of France to take home the gold medal. Svendsen, who edged out Fourcade in the final stretch of the race, took home his third career Olympic gold medal and first of the Sochi Games. Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic finished in third place, 13.8 seconds behind Svendsen and Fourcade.
Short track speed skating
American short track speed skater J.R. Celski advanced to the quarterfinals of the men’s 500m. The Seattle native, who hopes to earn the first medal for the U.S. in short track speed skating at the Sochi Games, was the lone American to advance in his last individual event. Similarly, Americans Jessica Smith and Emily Scott advanced to the quarterfinals of the women’s 1000m.
In the women's 3000m relay, South Korea took home the Olympic gold after dramatically passing China in the last-lap of the race. The South Korean team was joined on the podium by Canada, who took home the silver, and Italy, who earned the bronze. China was disqualified due to a penalty.
WATCH: J.R. Celski - From the hospital to the hero
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Nordic combined (Men's individual 10km)
Norway’s Joergen Graabak won the gold medal in the individual large hill Nordic combined event. Fellow Norwegian Magnus Moan took home the silver, giving Norway its first one-two Nordic combined finish in 78 years. Despite now having 12 medals in the sport, this is Norway’s first gold since the 1998 Nagano Games. The bronze medal was taken by Fabian Riessle of Germany. The defending gold medalist, American Billy Demong, finished in 31st place while Taylor Fletcher ended up 20th. U.S. flag bearer Todd Lodwick did not take part in the cross-country portion of the event as he is still recovering from a shoulder injury.
PHOTOS: Joergen Graaback takes the Nordic combined individual large hill
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The women's bobsled competition got off to a promising start for the American teams, with driver Elana Meyers and brakeman Lauryn Williams sitting in first place after the first two runs. They are .23 seconds ahead of their Canadians rivals, Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyes heading into the final two runs on Wednesday. In third place is another pair of Americans, Jamie Gruebel and Aja Evans.
The team of Jazmine Fenlator and Lolo Jones sit in 11th place. Jones and Williams both previously competed in track events at the Summer Olympics, making them only the ninth and 10th Americans ever to be both Summer and Winter Olympians.
PHOTOS: Day 11 medal ceremonies
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