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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* Figure skating

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu broke his own record en route to winning the men's short program. Hanyu became the first figure skater to ever surpass the 100-point mark with a spectacular routine that earned him 101.45. That gave him nearly a four-point lead on three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Canada. Two-time European champ Javier Fernandez of Spain was third. U.S. champ Jeremy Abbott fell hard on an attempted quadruple toe loop, yet finished the routine. He crashed to the ice on his first jump and slid into the end boards, staying down for an extended period, clutching his hip. He looked like he wouldn't get up, and his coaches moved toward the entry door. But Abbott, 28, struggled to his feet and, to the surprise of many and the applause of the crowd, resumed skating.

* Speed skating

In the women's 1,000-meter race, Zhang Hong pulled off a stunning victory to give China its first gold in Olympic speed skating. Her time of 1 minute, 14.02 seconds broke the track record and just missed the Olympic mark set by Chris Witty at the 2002 Games. Ireen Wust took the silver and Margo Boer the bronze, giving the Dutch a dozen speed skating medals.

* Short-track speed skating

Li Jianrou of China won gold in the 500-meter race after all three of her opponents in the final fell. Li's win kept the crown in China, as injured teammate Wang Meng couldn't defend the title she has won at every Winter Games since 2002. Arianna Fontana of Italy took the silver and Park Seung-hi of South Korea earned the bronze. Elise Christie of Britain caused the first crash of the wild final and was disqualified.

* Cross-country skiing

Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland, skiing with a fractured foot, led virtually all the way, finishing in 28 minutes, 17.8 seconds and beating silver medalist Charlotte Kalla of Sweden by 18. …

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