U.S. strikes first with Olympic gold in snowboarding

U.S. strikes first with Olympic gold in snowboarding

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 08: (FRANCE OUT) Sage Kotsenburg of USA takes 1st place during the Snowboarding Men's Slopestyle at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 08, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on February 8, 2014 at 9:09 PM

SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- The U.S. sits fourth in the overall Olympic medal count after claiming one gold and one bronze in Sochi.

Idaho’s Sage Kotsenburg won the first gold medal of the 2014 Games, taking first in the men’s snowboarding slopestyle. Kotsenburg had a score of 93.50 to edge Staale Sandbech of Norway. Mark McMorris of Canada, who barely made the finals, took bronze.

In women’s moguls, American Hannah Kearney won the bronze with a score of 21.49, placing her behind Canadian sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe.

The U.S. women’s hockey team got off on the right foot, defeating Finland 3-1 in the opening game. Hilary Knight scored 53 seconds into the opener of the women’s hockey tournament. Jesse Vetter needed only 14 saves.

The U.S. stands in third place after the free skate portion of the new team figure skating competition. The Russians are first with Canada second. Italy and Japan also advanced to Sunday’s final.

Coming up Sunday will be the men’s and women’s free skates and the free dance.

Norway’s Ole Einar Bjoerndalen won his seventh career Olympic gold medal in the 10-kilomter biathlon sprint. At 40 he is the oldest winner of an individual biathlon competition at the Olympics. 

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