Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Winners, Losers and Results That Made Up the Day in Sochi:

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Winners, Losers and Results That Made Up the Day in Sochi:

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* Luge

Natalie Geisenberger's victory was Germany's fifth in a row in women's luge. Teammate Tatjana Huefner won the silver and Erin Hamlin finished third, grabbing the first medal for any American singles luge athlete at the Olympics, 50 years after luge first appeared at the Games. So in the sport's golden anniversary as part of the Olympics, Hamlin came up with bronze, a feat that will surely go down as perhaps the greatest moment in USA Luge history. "It's amazing," Hamlin said after she held off Canada's Alex Gough by 0.433 seconds. "It's surreal, really."

* Cross-country skiing

Norway won double gold in the freestyle sprints while picking up a silver in the women's sprint. Ola Vigen Hattestad captured the men's sprint title in a race marred by a three-skier collision. Teodor Peterson of Sweden finished 1.2 seconds behind for silver. On the women's side, Maiken Caspersen Falla took the gold, with teammate Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg earning silver.

* Slopestyle skiing

Dara Howell won gold with a score of 94.20, trouncing the rest of the field, and Kim Lamarre earned bronze to give the Canadians seven medals in four days of snowboarding and freestyle skiing, including three events in which they took two of the top three spots. Canada's big day was tempered by teammate Yuki Tsubota's crash on the slushy snow. She was carried off the mountain on a stretcher with a possible fractured jaw.

* Ski jumping

German Carina Vogt, 22, won the first gold medal in women's ski jumping. She overcame heavy favorite from Japan Sara Takanashi, 17, the World Cup leader in the sport who finished a disappointing fourth. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria took silver and Colin Mattell of France earned bronze.

* Speed skating

Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea won the women's 500 meters and set an Olympic record of 37.28 seconds in her second race, beating the mark of 37. …

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