Sochi Winter Olympics: US medal count at 5
SOCHI, Russia (KABC) -- After a third day of medal events at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Norway, Canada and the Netherlands lead the medal count with a total of seven each. Host-country Russia has six and Team USA has five medals (2 gold and 3 bronze).
American Julia Mancuso became the latest bronze medalist after winning in the women's super-combined Monday. The 29-year-old won her fourth career Olympic medal (twice as many as any other U.S. woman has won) after dominating in the downhill portion and finishing just strong enough in the slalom.
Nicole Hosp of Austria won silver and Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany took home the gold in the event intended to measure all-around skill in Alpine skiing.
It wasn't a very good day for U.S. speed skaters. In short track, J.R. Celski finished fourth in the men's 1,500-meter, while Shani Davis was 24th in the men's long track 500 meters.
Charles Hamelin of Canada won the 1,500-meter Olympic short track gold medal; Han Tianyu of China took silver; and Viktor Ahn of Russia earned the bronze medal, giving Russia it's first-ever short track medal.
Also on Day 4 of the Sochi Olympics, the United States romped to a 9-0 victory over Switzerland to all-but clinch a spot in the Olympic women's hockey semifinals. Up next is a game on Wednesday with arch-rival Canada, which beat Finland 3-0 on Monday.
A look at Monday's events:
ALPINE SKIING: Maria Hoefl-Riesch was fifth fastest in the opening downhill leg, trailing Julia Mancuso by 1.04 seconds. The German's two-run time of 2 minutes, 34.62 seconds was 0.40 seconds faster than Austria's Nicole Hosp. Mancuso, who finished 0.53 behind Hoefl-Riesch, won her fourth career Olympic medal in Alpine skiing. No other American woman has won more than two.
SHORT TRACK SPEEDSKATING: At 29, Charles Hamelin was the oldest skater in the first final of the short track competition. The wily veteran maintained a top-three position throughout most of the 14-lap race, leaving enough at the end to defeat a loaded field, including Russia's Viktor Ahn and silver medalist Han Tianyu of China. Ahn was a three-time gold medalist for his native South Korea, but after missing the Vancouver Games he changed his name and became a Russian citizen. When he stepped on the medals podium, the mostly Russian crowd erupted in wild cheers.
SPEEDSKATING: Michel Mulder's 500-meter speedskating victory earned him the title of fastest man on skates. Teammate Jan Smeekens was 0.01 seconds behind for silver, and twin Ronald Mulder took bronze in a Dutch sweep. It was the first gold medal ever in the men's 500 for the Netherlands, which also became the first country to take the top three Olympic spots in the sport's most furious race.
BIATHLON: Martin Fourcade's gold win in the 12.5-kilometer biathlon pursuit earned France its first medal. Ondrej Moravec of Czech Republic took the silver, and Jean Guillaume Beatrix of France earned bronze. Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway finished fourth, missing out on a record 13th Winter Olympic medal.
MEN'S MOGULS: Canada's Alex Bilodeau defended his gold medal in Olympic men's moguls on Monday night, fending off rival Mikael Kingsbury to become the first freestyle skier to win consecutive Olympic titles. Bilodeau put together a perfect run in the finals to make history, posting a score of 26.31 in the medal round. Canadian teammate Kingsbury won the silver and Alexandr Smyshlyaev of Russia took bronze.
CURLING: The Norwegian men, curling's fashion kings of cool, made their Sochi debut with another snazzy pattern on their pants -- a mixture of red, white, blue and gray squares and rectangles. Norway dazzled the U.S. 7-4, but the surprise of opening day was Switzerland's upset of defending champion Canada. On the women's side, Sweden defeated Britain 6-4 in a matchup of two favorites for the women's curling gold.
WOMEN'S LUGE: American Erin Hamlin (of Remsen, N.Y.) is in third place at the midway point of the Olympic women's singles luge competition, behind Germans Natalie Geisenberger and Tatjana Huefner. Also for the U.S., 21-year-old Kate Hansen of La Canada Flintridge is 10th -- with a total time of 1:41.375 after her first two runs -- and Summer Britcher of Glen Rock, Pa., is 15th. Two more runs are scheduled for Tuesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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