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US medal count: two gold, a silver and three bronze

Feb 11th, 2014 - Sports News

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Devin Logan of West Dover, Vt., won the silver medal today in women's slopestyle skiing, giving the U.S. six medals in the Sochi (SOH'-chee) Olympics. Logan's medal-winning sprint included a frontside 720-degree spin in which the 20-year-old, who is coming off a second torn ACL knee surgery, gamely held on while landing. The race took place on a warm day with a slushy course.

Canada's Dara Howell was the winner of the race with teammate Kim Lamarre getting the bronze.

In the overall medal count the Canadians are tops with nine, including four gold.

The American team now has two gold, the silver and three bronze.

Kikkan Randall of the U.S. has failed in her attempt to become the first American woman to win an Olympic cross-country skiing medal. She was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the women's individual freestyle sprint. Randall only finished fourth of six skiers in a tough heat that featured the event's defending champion. Randall, a two-time World Cup sprint champion, is also set to compete for the United States in the relay and team sprint.

When the US men's hockey team starts play it won't have general manager David Poile on hand to run things. The general manager of the Nashville Predators is recovering from surgery he needed after being hit by a puck while standing in a tunnel behind the team bench. Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero will take over as acting general manager in Sochi.

Hockey fans have been wondering if the NHL will continue to send players to the Olympics. For his part, International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel says he will do everything he can to convince the NHL and its players to participate in the 2018 Olympics. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is scheduled to arrive in Russia next week to witness what might be the last Olympics with NHL players. The league and players' association haven't committed to going to South Korea for the 2018 games.

Bode Miller has begun preparations for his next event at the Olympics, the super-combined. He led the opening day of training, just days after a disappointing eighth-place finish in the downhill. The men's super-combined will take place Friday.

The head of the Sochi Olympics says there's no need to bring in stored snow to cope with the warm temperatures in the mountains. That said organizers are ready to do so if necessary. The Russians have been storing snow from previous winters up in the mountains, just in case it is needed. Over 25,000 cubic feet of snow has been stored near the mountain venues.

A check of today's remaining schedule shows the short program in women's figure skating, the men's snowboarding half-pipe final, women's speedskating, women's luge and men's and women's curling.

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