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The streak continues: Team USA's Day 3 recap
Team USA continued its streak of reaching the podium in Sochi on Day 3 thanks to Alpine skier Julia Mancuso. The day also featured the start of short track speed skating and curling, and a dramatic men's mogul final. See how the Americans fared on Monday here.
Alpine Skiing: Women's super-combined
Julia Mancuso once again proved her reputation as a big-game racer by finishing first in the downhill portion of the women’s super-combined then holding on in the slalom portion to claim Olympic bronze. Mancuso now has four Olympic medals—a gold, two silvers and a bronze—making her the second-most decorated American skier behind Bode Miller. She can also lay claim to beinig one of three Americans to win individual medals at three Winter Games. Bonnie Blair and Apolo Ohno share that accolade with Mancuso.
Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany successfully defended her 2010 Olympic title, winning the gold. Nicole Hosp of Austria took silver.
PHOTOS: Top images of Day 3
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Short Track Speed Skating: 1500m
American J.R. Celski earned a 4th place finish in the short track speed skating 1500m final on Monday, one spot below the bronze medal he earned in the same event at the 2010 Vancouver Games. Canada’s Charles Hamelin, 29, skated to a first place finish. His gold medal in Sochi in marks his fourth Olympic medal and third Olympic gold. China’s Tianyu Han finished in second place, followed by Russia’s Viktor Ahn, who earned the host country’s first-ever Olympic medal in short track speed skating.
WATCH: J.R. Celski's connection with Macklemore
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Freestyle Skiing: Men's moguls
History was made in Sochi on Monday when Canada's Alex Bilodeau became the first freestyle skier to win consecutive Olympic gold medals. Bilodeau successfully defended his 2010 Olympic title with a near flawless final run to top the reigning world champion, fellow countryman Mikael Kingsbury. Alexandr Smyshlyaev of the host country captured a bronze.
The Americans were led by Pat Deneen, who qualified for the final and finished 6th. The competitors had to battle through tough course conditions due to temperatures in the mid-40s, which led to numerous wipe outs.
PHOTOS: Men's moguls final
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Women's Hockey: U.S. vs. Switzerland
The U.S. women’s hockey team was dominant on Monday against Switzerland, blanking the Swiss 9-0 following a five goal first period. Team USA set an Olympic record with five goals coming in 6:22, eclipsing the previous record of five goals in 7:31. Three of those goals came in a span of just 55 seconds, which was also the quickest three-goal sequence in the history of the Olympic Games. Amanda Kessel and Kendall Coyne both scored two goals and netted two assists en route to the victory. Goalie Molly Shaus had a total of ten saves.
Team USA will play rival Canada on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. ET. Both teams are tied atop Pool A with 2-0 records and six points each.
WATCH: U.S. women set scoring record
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Curling: Men's and women's prelims
Both American curling teams suffered losses on the first day of competition, with Norway defeating the men and Switzerland getting the better of the women. Skip John Shuster and his teammates faced off against the curling rink notorious for their loudly colorful pants, but the Norwegians’ curling proved much more serious than their outfits. John Shuster has vowed to improve on his performance at the Vancouver Olympics, where the American men finished last.
Erika Brown’s third Olympic appearance started promisingly when her team was ahead of the Swiss 2-0 after three ends, but the Swiss ultimately came back to win 7-4. Brown made her Olympic debut as a 15-year-old at the 1988 Calgary Olympics, when curling was a demonstration sport, and then competed again at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.
Speed Skating: Men's 500m
The Netherlands completed a full podium sweep in the men’s 500m speed skating competition. In fact, two of the top three finishers were from the same family. Michel Mulder won the event, while his brother Ronald came in third. Fellow compatriot Jan Smeekens separated the two, winning a silver. There was some confusion about the first and second place finishes as a timing error caused a "1" to originally appear next to the name of Smeekens, but when corrected Mulder was the fastest. 2010 Olympic champion Mo Tae-Bum failed to medal, finishing in fourth place.
American speed skaters failed to break the top twenty on Monday. Shani Davis, who was using the 500m as a warm-up for the 1000m on Wednesday, finished atop all American racers in 24th place. Tucker Fredericks, who said he would retire after his third Olympic Games, came in 26th place while Mitch Whitmore came in 27th.
WATCH: Photo finish causes confusion
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Biathlon: 12.5km pursuit
France’s Martin Fourcade took home the Olympic gold medal in the men’s 12.5km pursuit at the Sochi Olympics. His teammate Jean Guillaume Beatrix, who he considers his best opponent, finished in third. Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic, who finished 14.1 seconds after Fourcade, earned a silver medal. Fourcade’s gold medal is his second Olympic medal, having won silver in the mass start event in Vancouver. American Tim Burke finished in 22nd place, thus continuing the Olympic drought for American athletes in biathlon.
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