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Sochi Winter Olympics Recap — Kaitlyn Farrington Takes Halfpipe Gold

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Americans won another gold in snowboarding, and Canadian and U.S. women renewed their hockey rivalry. Here’s a recap of Wednesday’s action in Sochi:

American Kaitlyn Farrington Wins Gold Medal In Halfpipe

U.S. snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington scored a 91.75 to knock off teammate — and pre-run favorite — Kelly Clark for the gold medal in the women’s halfpipe at Sochi on Wednesday.

Farrington, 24, was not considered a lock for a medal, but she gave the Americans their third gold of the games. Clark, the 2002 Olympic champion, settled for bronze. Torah Bright of Australia took silver.

Canada Tops U.S. In Women’s Hockey

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Hayley Wickenheiser tallied a controversial third period goal, and Canada held on to beat the United States, 3-2, in women’s hockey on Wednesday night in Sochi. American goalie Jessie Vetter seemed to have stopped the shot, but officials allowed the goal even though the puck skidded across the line while the whistle was blowing.

The U.S. was within 3-2 late, but they could not tie despite a 6-4 skating advantage with 30 seconds remaining. The two teams could play again in the medal round.

Skiers Tie For Gold In Women’s Downhill

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Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland tied in the women’s downhill, marking the first time in Olympic history that two gold medals have been awarded for an Alpine skiing event.

Both Maze and Gisin zipped down the Russian mountain course in a time of 1 minute, 41.57 seconds. Lara Gut of Switzerland claimed the bronze just 0.10 of a second behind them. Pre-race favorite Julia Mancuso of the U.S. finished eighth.

Shani Davis Fails In Bid For Third Straight Speedskating Gold

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Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands won the men’s 1,000-meter speedskating gold on Wednesday. The Dutchman’s improbable victory kept American Shani Davis from recording a record third gold medal in the 1,000 meters.

Davis, the 2006 and 2010 Olympic champ, fell behind early and finished eighth. Canada’s Denny Morrison won the silver, and Michel Mulder of the Netherlands took the bronze.

Medal Count

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Norway retained its lead in the overall medal count. The U.S. was tied with Russia for fourth place with nine total medals.

Norway (12)
4 gold; 3 silver; 5 bronze

Canada (10)
4 gold; 4 silver; 2 bronze

Netherlands (10)
4 gold; 2 silver; 4 bronze

United States (9)
3 gold; 1 silver; 5 bronze

Russia (9)
2 gold; 4 silver; 3 bronze

Overall Medal Table

[NBCOlympics.com]

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