- Team USA
How sweep it is: Team USA's Day 6 recap
Three U.S. flags flew prominently during a medal ceremony on Day 6; for the first time in 12 years, Americans swept an event at the Winter Olympics. Elsewhere in Sochi, the men's U.S. Olympic Hockey Team made their Sochi debut and Jason Brown and Jeremy Abbott were in action in the men's figure skating short program. See how Team USA fared on Day 6.
Freestyle skiing: Men's ski slopestyle
The U.S. began Day 6 in banner fashion with a podium sweep in the Olympic debut of men’s ski slopestyle. Park City, Utah native Joss Christensen topped the field with a thrilling run that landed him a 95.80 score. Fellow American Gus Kenworthy took the silver medal and teenager Nick Goepper rounded out the U.S. medal-winning trifecta by capturing the bronze.
The U.S. sweep was only the third ever in Winter Olympics history. The slopestyle events have brought the U.S. Olympic Team three gold medals, with Sage Kotsenburg and Jamie Anderson winning the men's and women's snowboarding slopestyle events.
PHOTOS: Top images of Day 6
Embedded owg_slideshow: Sochi snapshots: Best images from Day 6
Figure skating: Men's short program
After flawed skates from the American men in the team competition — Jeremy Abbott suffering multiple falls and Jason Brown showing some Olympic nerves — they took the ice again for the short program portion of the men’s figure skating event. Abbott again crashed violently on his opening quadruple jump, and for a few seconds it looked like he wouldn’t or couldn’t continue. However when he resumed his program he landed the rest of his jumps cleanly and won over the crowd with his determination to finish strong.
Jason Brown’s short program went much more smoothly and he ended the night in sixth place with a new personal-best score. In first was Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, whose score of 101.96 set a new world record. Unable to perform was Yevgeny Plushenko, the legendary Russian skater with four Olympic medals, after an apparent injury in warm-ups forced him out of the competition and into retirement. The men’s competition will continue with the free skate on Friday.
PHOTOS: Abbott takes a tumble
Embedded owg_slideshow: U.S. figure skater Jeremy Abbott takes a tumble during the men's short skate competition
Going into the Sochi Games, Team USA had never beaten Slovakia in an Olympic tournament. The Americans certainly remedied that today with a 7-1 blowout victory over the Slovakians that highlighted a balanced attack. Phil Kessel led all U.S. scorers with three points, while six skaters — John Carlson, Ryan Kesler, James van Riemsdyk, Paul Stastny, T.J. Oshie and Patrick Kane — finished with two points each.
At the 2010 Olympics, the powerful Canadian hockey team easily handled Norway by a score of 8-0, and was confident the repeat match-up, their first in the 2014 Olympics, wouldn't impede Canada's quest for repeat-gold. To Norway's credit, it was able to keep the score 0-0 until late in the second period. However, goals by Canadians Shea Weber, Jamie Benn and Drew Doughty ended up being more than enough offense to win the game 3-1.
Russia played their Olympic opener on Thursday as well, but didn’t dominate Slovenia as expected, taking a casual 5-2 victory.
Next up, the United States will compete against the host country on Saturday, while Canada takes on Austria on Friday.
WATCH: All 7 U.S. goals packed into 70 seconds
Embedded video_content_type: All USA men's hockey goals in less than 70 seconds
Speed skating: Women's 1000m
Zhang Hong of China put up an early time no one could beat, skating to a gold medal finish that was nearly .07 seconds faster than anyone else - a huge margin in the women’s 1000m. Ireen Wuest of the Netherlands claimed a silver medal and Dutch teammate Margot Boer earned the bronze. Zhang’s winning margin was the largest in the women’s 1000m since Bonnie Blair’s runaway victory at the 1994 Lillehammer Games. American Heather Richardson finished in 7th, marking the best U.S. performance so far in speed skating at these Games. American teammate Brittany Bowe was right behind her, placing 8th. Richardson and Bowe came into the Games off of a great World Cup season, thus the results added to the disappointment of the U.S. Speed Skating's efforts in Sochi.
PHOTOS: Zhang makes history for China
Embedded owg_slideshow: Zhang Hong takes home 1000m gold, U.S. skaters disappoint
Great Britain’s Lizzy Yarnold leads after the first two runs of the women’s skeleton competition. American Noelle Pikus-Pace, who came back from retirement and has brought her family to Sochi, trails in second place by 0.44 seconds. With a home ice advantage, Yelena Nikitina of Russia sits in third place. American Katie Uhlaender, who suffered a concussion earlier this season, sits in fourth place. The final two runs of the women’s skeleton competition will take place on Friday.
WATCH: Pikus-Pace: Changing diapers, winning races
Embedded video_content_type: Changing diapers, winning races: Noelle Pikus-Pace takes family to Sochi
Martin Fourcade of France won his second gold medal of the Sochi Games after winning the men’s 20km individual biathlon event. Erik Lesser of Germany finished second while Russia’s Evgeniy Garanichev brought the home nation a bronze. The event also had two more notable finishes: Norway’s Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, who was in pursuit of his record-breaking 13th Winter Olympic medal finished in 34th and American Lowell Bailey impressed with his 8th place finish, the best ever result by an American in a biathlon competition. Other Americans Tim Burke and Russel Currier finished 44th and 50th respectively while Leif Nordgren came in 83rd.
READ: Best-ever U.S. Olympic biathlon finish
German luge dominance continued as Germany won the first-ever Olympic luge team relay event. The win completes a 4-for-4 sweep in the sport, with German lugers taking gold in the men’s, women’s, doubles and now the team relay event. Felix Loch, Natalie Geisenberger and the doubles team of Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt took home the relay gold over second place finisher Russia and bronze medalist Latvia. The United States, despite a strong start by bronze medal winner Erin Hamlin, finished sixth overall.
PHOTOS: Luge team relay
Embedded owg_slideshow: Through the lens: Germany wins luge team relay
They finally won one. The U.S. women’s curling team took down Japan 8-6 on Thursday. The match was decided on the tenth and final end after Erika Brown’s squad hit a game-winning shot to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. The women’s team will face Denmark during the afternoon session on Friday at the Ice Cube.
The Olympic tournament record of the men’s curling team fell to 1-3 following a 5-3 loss to Great Britain. In order for the U.S. to advance they would need to essentially win out or hope for other teams to slip up. The draw is led by 4-0 China, 4-1 Sweden and Great Britain and 3-2 Canada. The top four teams advance to the semifinals. The U.S. men will play next against Germany.
PHOTOS: Day 6 medal ceremonies
Embedded owg_slideshow: Photos: Medal Ceremony on Day 6
Best of Sochi