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Doubles dominance

Russia back on top in figure skating duos

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 12:15 a.m. CST
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Goalkeeper Jessie Vetter and Kendall Coyne (26) of the United States look back at the puck as Canada's Meghan Agosta-Marciano celebrates her goal during the women's ice hockey game on Wednesday in Sochi, Russia. Canada defeated the United States 3-2.

Here are some highlights from Wednesday's Olympic action:

RUSSIA BACK ON TOP IN PAIRS

Russia reclaimed its dominance of pairs figure skating by taking the top two spots. Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov won the gold medal, while Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov had a near-flawless free skate to move up from third after the short program and capture silver in front of the ecstatic home fans.

Soviet or Russian skaters had won pairs gold in 12 straight Olympics until the streak ended in Vancouver.

HALFPIPE HEROICS

One day after Shaun White's disappointing run in the halfpipe, Kaitlyn Farrington of the United States won the women's title, edging defending champion Torah Bright of Australia and American teammate Kelly Clark.

It was just the third gold medal of the Sochi Games for the Americans – all of them at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

FIT TO BE TIED

An Alpine skiing race ended in a tie for the first time in Olympic history when Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland both finished the downhill in 1 minute, 41.57 seconds. They will both get a gold medal – the eighth time at a Winter Games that two top medals have been awarded. Gisin's teammate Lara Gut got the bronze, 0.10 behind the winners.

"TWO TOBIS" ARE TERRIFIC

Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won doubles gold, keeping Germany on track for a sweep of the luge events at the Sochi Games.

Their run of 1 minute, 38.933 seconds gave Germany its 10th gold in 14 doubles races since 1964. The sliding superpower has now won 70 of 120 luge medals awarded in the past 50 years.

HEAT IS STILL ON

Sochi was bathed in sunshine and warm temperatures amid the palm trees in the resort city next to the Black Sea. Highs hit 63 degrees (17 degrees C).

The heat made life difficult for skiers and snowboarders in the nearby mountains, where local organizers have stored surplus snow, but they have yet to tap into it.

NEIGHBORS AND RIVALS

A controversial goal gave Canada a 3-2 win over the United States in women's hockey – a third consecutive victory.

A shot by Hayley Wickenheiser trickled through the pads of U.S. goalie Jesse Vetter, and a video review confirmed that the puck went into the net before the referee's whistle blew. The tense game was a preview of the expected gold medal match.

 

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