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Saturday Morning Winter Olympics Update

February 8, 2014, 10:24 AM

Saturday Morning Winter Olympics Update

SOCHI SCENE: The First Gold

The first gold medal awarded at the 2014 Sochi Games ended up with three snowboarders on the top podium, hugging it out after grinding and spinning their way down the slopestyle course.

Sage Kotsenburg's win showcased a different competitive vibe brought by one of the newest Olympic events, with the American celebrating his win with Norwegian and Canadian opponents as if they were teammates.

Kotsenburg's gold came after a dominant first run in the finals Saturday, scoring a 93.50 in a first run that saw 12 competitors put up an average 54.22 points. Norway's Staale Sandbech scored 91.75 on his second run for silver, while Canada's Mark Morris earned bronze for his second run of 88.75.

Kotsenburg, of Park City, Utah, was mobbed by Sandbech and Morris at the base of the course after the win was clinched, delaying his efforts to drape himself in a U.S. flag. They then embraced him on the top podium after the medals were officially awarded.

The silver and bronze winners clearly weren't sweating the judges' decisions, unlike spectators complaining about the judging on social networks.

American World Champs Win Team Short Dance

World champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White quickstepped their way to victory Saturday night in the team short dance at the Sochi Olympics.

The Americans earned 75.98 points, lifting the U.S. into the medals hunt.

Defending champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada were second even though she bobbled during their early set of twizzles, hurting the couple's synchronicity. They still received 72.98 points.

Russia's Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitiri Soloviev were third, keeping their nation in the overall lead heading into the women's competition that would conclude the short program portion of the new team event. Canada was second with 26 points, one behind the hosts. The U.S. moved up to third place with 20 points.

The pairs free skate, featuring the top five nations in the standings, were to follow the women. The team event ends Sunday night.

Lauryn Williams In USA-1 At Sochi Games

Rookie bobsledder Lauryn Williams will be in the top U.S. sled at the Sochi Olympics.

U.S. officials say Williams will be in the sled driven by Elana Meyers in the women's competition. Williams first tried bobsledding last fall after making the transition from track to sliding, the same path taken by Olympic teammate Lolo Jones.

Jones will push Jazmine Fenlator's USA-3 sled. In USA-2, it's Jamie Greubel driving with brakeman Aja Evans.

Jones and Williams will be the ninth and 10th Americans to compete in both the summer and winter Olympics.

Williams is a 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the 100 meters and 2012 gold medalist as part of the 4x100-meter relay. Jones was a hurdles favorite in 2008 and 2012, missing a medal both times.

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