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Winter Olympics Day 3: More gold for U.S., Russia (w/video)

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre back, poses for a photograph with the Russian team after they placed first in the team figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )


With President Vladimir Putin looking on, Russia won its first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics, winning the team figure skating event even before the ice dancers finished their competition. Evgeni Plushenko and 15-year-old Julia Lipnitskaia secured the gold by winning the free skates, thrilling the crowd. Speedskater Olga Graf got the bronze in the women's 3,000 for Russia's first medal of any kind at Sochi, then Olga Vilukhina took silver in the women's 7.5-kilometer sprint in biathlon and Albert Demchenko picked up another silver in men's luge.


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In skiing's glamour event, the men's downhill, Matthias Mayer of Austria beat two competitors he admired as a boy — Bode Miller and Aksel Lund Svindal. Four years ago in Vancouver, Austria was shut out of Alpine medals for the first time.


For the second day in a row, the Netherlands won a gold medal in speedskating. This time, it was Ireen Wust in the women's 3,000, and it was the third straight Winter Games where she grabbed a gold. Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were again in the crowd, just as they were the day before when Sven Kramer took gold in the men's 5,000.


Norway, the Netherlands and the United States have two golds apiece, while the Norwegians have the overall lead with seven total medals. But look out for Russia, which picked up a gold, two silvers and a bronze, all in one day. The host on the Black Sea coast lost a bid to pick up another bronze when its cross-country skiing team lodged an unsuccessful protest in the men's 30-kilometer skiathlon, claiming Maxim Vylegzhanin was impeded in the final sprint in a tight race against Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway.

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