More Olympic Gold & Bronze For Team USA In Sochi

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SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- The U.S. scored the gold and bronze in the women's snowboarding halfpipe. The winner was Kaitlyn Farrington of Salt Lake City while the bronze was grabbed by teammate Kelly Clark, who won the event in Salt Lake City eight years ago. Australian Torah Bright finished second.

Following the women's halfpipe, Team USA had nine medals, three gold, one silver and five bronze.

American speedskater Shani (SHAH'-nee) Davis, the two-time defending gold medalist in the 1,000 meters, failed to medal in the event in Sochi (SOH'-chee). Davis, who was hoping to become the first American male speedskater to capture the same event at three consecutive Olympics, wound up in eighth-place this year.

Domination in speedskating by the Netherlands continued as the winner of the event was 32-year old Stefan Groothuis, who has fought depression and even considered suicide at one point in his life. Davis finished more than seven-tenths of a second behind the Dutchman.

In the first five speedskating events of the Games, skaters from the Netherlands have won 10 of the 15 possible medals.

There was a tie for the gold in the women's downhill at the Olympics. Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland crossed the finish line with identical times. The bronze went to Gisin's teammate, Lara Gut.

On another warm day in the mountains outside of Sochi, Maze and Gisin finished the 1.69 mile course in 1 minute, 41.57 seconds. American Julia Mancuso was a disappointing eighth.

The last tie in Olympic Alpine skiing happened in men's super-G at the 1998 Nagano (nah-GUH'-noh) Games in Japan.

Elsewhere at the Sochi Games:

- The U.S. and Canada faced off in women's hockey today in a round robin game with the Canadians squeaking out a 3-2 victory. After a scoreless first period, the U.S. led 1-0 after two but was outscored 3-1 in the final stanza. The Canadian team is 3-0 entreating the semifinals while the U.S. is 2-1. These two clubs are favored to meet in the gold medal game.

- The best American finish in the Nordic combined individual normal hill event was 24th by Billy Demong of Park City, Utah. Fellow American Todd Lodwick (LOHD'-wihk), who carried the flag during the Opening Ceremony, pulled out after the first half of the event with an injured shoulder. Germany's Eric Frenzel was the winner.

- Russia's Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov won the gold in pairs figure skating. Another Russian team was second with Germany third. The top American finish was ninth by Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir.

- The U.S. women's curling team is close to being eliminated. They were beaten by China today 7-4, which pretty much means they will need to win all five of their remaining round-robin games to stand a chance of reaching the semifinals.

- When the U.S. begins play in the men's hockey tournament later in the week Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings will start the first game against Slovakia in goal. He got the nod over Ryan Miller and Jimmy Howard.

Miller helped the Americans win silver and was the Most Valuable Player of the hockey tournament at the 2010 Olympics when Quick was the No. 3 goalie.

For the Canadians, Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens will start in goal against Norway on Thursday with Roberto Luongo getting the call on Friday against Austria.

And in case you have been wondering what a gold medal is worth, it depends on what country you are from. A gold medal winner from Kazakhstan will get $250,000 from his homeland, while in the U.S. we are paying our gold medal winners $25,000. Some countries, like Norway, Britain and Sweden, still offer no prize for bringing home a medal.

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