Day 1 in Sochi: US takes first gold of Olympics

Day 1 in Sochi: US takes first gold of Olympics
February 8, 2014, 6:00 pm
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CSN Staff

Day 1 of competition is in the books in Sochi, and the U.S. was one of the bigger winners.

United States snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg won the Games' first gold medal on Saturday, claiming the first-ever Olympic victory in slopestyle snowboarding.

Kotsenburg scored a 93.50 on the first of his two runs, and it remained the highest score in the final round. The silver medal went to Staale Sandbech of Norway, with Canadian Mark McMorris winning bronze.

[NBC OLYMPICS: Sage Kotsenburg captures fun of Olympics with historic slopestyle gold medal]

But Kotsenburg's gold wasn't the only medal of the day for the U.S., as freestyle skiier Hannah Kearney captured the bronze in women's moguls.

Kearney won gold in 2010 in Vancouver, but she finished third this time around, with a pair of Canadian sisters — Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, two of the trio of of Dufour-Lapointe sisters competing in the event — took gold and silver. It was the third time in Winter Olympics history that a pair of sisters won gold and silver in the same event.

[NBC OLYMPICS: Watch the full replay of men's slopestyle final]

Norway led the way with four medals on the first day of the Games, two of them gold. Canada and the Netherlands are tied for second place with three medals apiece, and the United States has two. Athletes from Sweden, Austria and the Czech Republic each won a silver medal Saturday.

Here's how Saturday's other medal events finished:

Cross-country skiing: Women's skiathlon 15 km

Gold: Marit Bjorgen, Norway
Silver: Charlotte Kalla, Sweden
Bronze: Heidi Weng, Norway

[NBC OLYMPICS: Watch the full replay of 2014 Olympics Opening Ceremony]

Biathlon: Men's 10 km sprint

Gold: Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Norway
Silver: Dominik Landertinger, Austria
Bronze: Jaroslav Soukup, Czech Republic

Speed skating: Men's 5,000 km

Gold: Sven Kramer, Netherlands
Silver: Jan Blokhuijsen, Netherlands
Bronze: Jorrit Bergsma, Netherlands