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SOCHI SCENE: Medal Movers

February 9, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — No big surprise: Norway’s jumped out to an early medal lead at the Sochi Games.

The snow and ice powerhouse has the most medals in Winter Olympics history at 306 — and nearly double the number of men’s gold medals (94) compared with the United States (52), the next closest country going into 2014.

And it’s off to a good start again with four medals in the first five events in Sochi.

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen won gold in the men’s 10-kilometer biathlon sprint, while Staale Sandbech took silver in the men’s snowboard slopestyle. And Norwegians Marit Bjoergen and Heidi Weng won gold and bronze in the women’s 7.5-kilometer plus 7.5-kilometer skiathlon.

Canada and the Netherlands won one gold, medal and bronze each in the first five events, with the Dutch sweeping the men’s 5,000-meter speedskating event.

In all seven countries put medals on the board on the first day of winners and losers.

There are 98 total events, with eight gold medals up for grabs on Sunday, including: men’s downhill skiing, women’s slopestyle, men’s 15-kilometer plus 15-kilometer biathlon, women’s 3,000-meter speedskating, women’s 7.5-kilometer biathlon sprint, men’s singles luge, team ice dance free dance figure skating and men’s normal hill skiing.

— Oskar Garcia— Twitter http://twitter.com/oskargarcia


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