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U.S. Ties Best Winter Medal Count

February 20, 1998

NAGANO, Japan (AP) _ The gold and silver figure skating medals won by Tara Lipinski and Michelle Kwan today pushed the U.S. medal count to 13, tying the country’s best-ever Winter Olympics performance set in Lillehammer in 1994.

Lipinski’s gold was the sixth for the United States. The others went to Picabo Street in the super G Alpine skiing; Eric Bergoust and Nikki Stone in freestyle skiing aerials; Jonny Moseley in moguls; and the women’s ice hockey team.

Americans won three silvers: Kwan; Chris Thorpe and Gordy Sheer in the two-man luge; and Chris Witty in the women’s 1,000-meter speedskating.

Bronze medals went to Witty in the 1,500-meter speedskating; Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin in the two-man luge; and Ross Powers and Shannon Dunn in the snowboarding halfpipe.

At Lillehammer, the United States won six gold, five silver and two bronze medals.

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