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Instant American classic: Team USA's Day 8 recap
Day 8 featured the marquee moment of the Sochi Games for Team USA thus far, with the men's Olympic hockey team beating Russia in an epic shootout. American headliners Julia Mancusco, J.R. Celski and Shani Davis were also in action, as well as the U.S. men skeleton sliders looking for their first Olympic medal since 2002. See how the Americans fared on Saturday in the latest addition of Americans in action.
Men's Hockey: U.S. vs. Canada
Playing twenty-four years from when they met in the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" game, the U.S. and Russia preliminary round match delivered on the tremendous hype that surrounded their tilt in Sochi. The Americans took down the host country 3-2 on the back of T.J. Oshie, who netted four shootout goals.
With international hockey rules allowing teams to send out the same shooters multiple times, the U.S. chose Oshie to shoot six times in the eight-round affair, in which he beat Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovsky four times, including the game-winner.
WATCH: T.J. Oshie plays hero in shootout
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The game featured a back-and-forth affair, with the Russians scoring first, the Americans netting two consecutive goals to take a 2-1 lead and the host country than tying the game in the third. It looked like Russia could be on its way to winning the game late in the third when defenseman Fydor Tyutin ripped a shot past U.S. goalie Jonathan Quick, but the goal would controversially be disallowed because of the net becoming dislodged during the play.
Quick kept the Americans in the game all evening, stopping 29 of the 31 shots he faced.
The U.S. now owns a 2-0 record with their final preliminary round game coming up on Sunday against Slovenia, where a victory would wrap up Group A and advance them into the quarterfinals.
WATCH: Illinois youth hockey team of five to seven-year-olds react to final moments of U.S. vs. Russia game
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Elsewhere in the tournament, Sweden earned a 5-3 victory over Latvia to complete its sweep of Group C and secure no worse than a second seed in the playoffs. Switzerland snuck past the Czech Republic, with goalie Jonas Hiller notching his second straight shutout of the Olympics, leading the team to a 1-0 victory. With the win, Switzerland clinched second place in Group C and emerged a dangerous opponent for the playoff round.
Wisconsin native Matt Antoine won the the first Olympic medal for a U.S. male skeleton slider since 2002 on Saturday at the Sanki Sliding Center. Fellow countryman John Daly, from Smithtown, N.Y., came into the final run within distance to win a medal in fourth place, but had a disastrous start that ended up dropping him all the way to 15th.
Russia's-own Aleksandr Tretiyakov dominated the event, winning the gold, while Latvia's Martins Dukurs took the silver for the second consecutive Olympics.
WATCH: Antoine wins bronze in men's skeleton
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Alpine Skiing: Women's super-G
Austrian woman took gold in the super-G at the previous two Olympics, and Anna Fenninger continued that tradition with an excellent run on Saturday. The tricky course got the best of many racers—of the eight opening racers, seven were unable to finish. Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany finished second and Nicole Hosp of Austria finished third. Julia Mancuso is one medal short of tying Bode Miller’s five Olympic medals, the most of any American skier, but her eighth place finish kept her from matching Miller’s record on Saturday.
PHOTOS: Anna Fenninger - Fast and beautiful, like a cheetah
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Speed Skating: Men's 1500m
A day after the U.S. speed skating team received permission from the International Skating Union to stop using the much-hyped Under Armor “Mach 39” suit that claimed to be the fastest in the world but have been blamed for disappointing finishes, Shani Davis and the other Americans took to the ice in their older suits. The wardrobe change didn’t make a difference, however, as Davis finished in 11th in the 1500m. This could be the final individual event of his Olympic career and is surely not the note he hoped to end on. The top finishing American was Brian Hansen in seventh.
Poland’s Zbigniew Brodka took gold over the Netherland’s Koen Verweij by three-thousandths of a second. It was the closest 1500m finish since a dead heat in 1960, but that was when times were only measured to tenths of a second. Verweij’s disappointment at losing gold was not tempered by the fact that his silver is the Netherland’s 13th speed skating medal of the Games, tying East Germany’s record at the 1988 Calgary Olympics. The bronze went to Denny Morrison of Canada.
PHOTOS: Brodka wins 1500m
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Short Track Speed Skating: Men's 1000m
Two crashes in the quarterfinals of the 1000m short track race ended U.S. hopes for a medal—Canadian skater Charles Hamelin clipped Eddy Alvarez’s skate, taking them both out of contention, and J.R. Celski took a spill of his own. The third American, Chris Creveling, didn’t advance out of the quarters either. Gold was claimed by Viktor Ahn, the Korean-born skater who became a Russian citizen in 2011. Silver went to fellow Russian Vladimir Grigorev and bronze to Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands.
Zhou Yang of China won gold in the women’s 1500m, a repeat of her winning performance in Vancouver. Shim Suk-Hee of South Korea took silver and Arianna Fontana of Italy took bronze. Emily Scott was the lone American in the final and finished fifth.
PHOTOS: Top images of Day 8
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Ski Jumping: Men's Large Hill
Polish ski jumper Kamil Stoch completed a gold medal sweep of the normal and large hills in a close tussle with 41-year-old Noriaki Kasai of Japan. Kasai, whose first Olympics was in Albertville in 1992, was trying to become the oldest gold medal winner at any Winter Games.
PHOTOS: Day 8 Medal Ceremony
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