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Tuesday Morning Winter Olympics Update

February 11, 2014, 6:01 AM

Tuesday Morning Winter Olympics Update
SOCHI, RUSSIA -

Dara Howell continued Canada's dominance at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, soaring to Olympic gold in women's slopestyle skiing on Tuesday.

Howell posted a score of 94.20 during her first run of the finals, trouncing the rest of the field on a warm and sometimes frightening day down the slushy slopestyle course.

Devin Logan of the U.S. took silver. Canadian Kim Lamarre earned bronze.

Canada has claimed seven medals in four days of snowboarding and freestyle skiing, including three events in which they took two of the three spots on the podium.

Howell's triumph was tempered by a series of scary crashes, including one by teammate Yuki Tsubota that ended with Tsubota being carried of the mountain on a stretcher.

Canada has four gold among its nine total medals to lead in both categories. The U.S. has two gold and six total medals.

Team U.S.A. men's hockey general manager David Poile will be unable to travel to Sochi for the Olympics after getting hit in the face by a puck last week. The Nashville Predators GM is recovering from surgery and stitches he needed after a deflected puck struck him while he was standing in a tunnel behind the team's bench in Minnesota. Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero will take over as acting general manager in Sochi.

Olympic officials in Russia are concerned about the poor attendance at some events. So much so that one official from the International Olympic Committee has suggested that school children and unarmed military personnel be given tickets. A Norwegian member of the IOC has expressed concern about the lack of "buzz" in Sochi, saying there is a "lack of enthusiasm."

By the way the weather is getting rather un-winter like at the Winter Olympics. The temperate in Sochi on Tuesday is in the mid to upper 50's and the forecast calls for the 60's later in the week.

And if you are enjoying some of the "up close and personal" shots on TV, they are being brought to you by a drone. The remote operator says the drones are safe and much cheaper than paying for a helicopter.

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