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Sochi Olympic Daily Recap & Medal Count: Day 6

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Men’s ski slopestyle gold medal winner Joss Christensen of the United States, center, celebrates on the podium with his teammates Gus Kenworthy, left, silver, and Nicholas Goepper, bronze, right, during a flower ceremony at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Andy Wong

The U.S. finally got a Sochi Olympic gold medal outside of snowboarding, and it came as part of a medals sweep in the inaugural men’s ski slopestyle competition.

Joss Christensen (gold), Gus Kenworthy (silver), and Nick Goepper (bronze) became the third American trio to pull that feat off in a Winter Olympics, joining those from the 1956 men’s figure skating and 2002 men’s snowboard halfpipe podiums. After the event, Christensen dedicated the win to his late father, saying to’s Nick Zaccardi: “I hope I made him proud.”...

While the Americans continued their Sochi slopestyle surge, the world of figure skating said a dramatic goodbye to Yevgeny Plushenko, who withdrew from the men’s competition after suffering an apparent injury in warmups before today’s short program and then retired shortly afterwards.

Plushenko was both loved and hated but he was impossible to ignore, and his departure marks the end of an era. But the show went on and it was quite a show indeed.

MORE: Complete recap of Team USA on Day 6

After U.S. skater Jeremy Abbott showed what he’s made of after a hard fall on his opening jump, Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu earned a world-record score to take the lead going into tomorrow’s free skate. Jason Brown of the U.S., making his Olympic debut in Sochi, put on a solid program and placed sixth to put himself in medal contention...

French biathlete Martin Fourcade earned his second Sochi gold in the 20km individual, while Ole Einar Bjoerndalen finished 34th in his second attempt to become the most decorated Winter Olympian ever in these Olympics. The race also saw Team USA’s Lowell Bailey finish eighth, the best-ever individual result at the Olympics by a U.S. biathlete...

The U.S. speedskaters had another trying day at Adler Arena, with Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe both unable to medal in the women’s 1000m, a race won by China’s Zhang Hong...

China also got a gold today in short track as Li Jianrou won the women’s 500m after teammate and event favorite Fan Kexin crashed out in the semifinals...

Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland overcame a broken foot to win the women’s cross-country 10km classic, and the all-conquering German lugers won the first-ever team relay event at the Sanki Sliding Center...

The U.S. and Canadian men’s hockey teams both began their Sochi programs with wins, as the Americans thrashed Slovakia and Team Canada topped Norway. Host nation Russia also got a win over Slovenia in front of a red-hot crowd and Finland scored a whopping eight goals in their win over Austria...

American hopefuls Noelle Pikus-Pace and Katie Uhlaender are firmly in the medal conversation after the first of two days in women’s skeleton...

Out of competition, officials are still trying to figure out how a track worker at Sanki Sliding Center was hit by a forerunner sled prior to training runs this afternoon...

The aforementioned Mr. Kenworthy is trying to adopt and bring home a group of stray puppies and their mother, who have been living by an Olympics media center (yes, there are photos of the cuddly pooches in the link)...

Fans and athletes alike have been working around the relatively warm temperatures in Sochi...

The slopestyle set aren’t all that bothered by their falling pants...

Two-time Olympian/NBC Olympics figure skating analyst Johnny Weir shows off some of his fashion ensembles...

And new halfpipe champion Kaitlyn Farrington got a sigil from the “Game of Thrones” gang.

(Country – Gold/Silver/Bronze – Total Medals)
1. Germany – 7/2/1 – 10
2. Canada – 4/4/2 – 10
3. Norway – 4/3/6 – 13
4. Netherlands – 4/3/5 – 12
5. United States – 4/2/6 – 12
6. Switzerland – 3/0/1 – 4
7. Russia – 2/5/4 – 11
8. China – 2/1/0 – 3
9. France – 2/0/2 – 4
10. Poland – 2/0/0 – 2
11. Austria – 1/4/0 – 5
12. Slovenia – 1/1/2 – 4
13. Korea – 1/0/1 – 2
T-14. Belarus – 1/0/0 – 1
T-14. Slovakia – 1/0/0 – 1
16. Sweden – 0/4/1 – 5
T-17. Czech Republic – 0/2/1 – 3
T-17. Italy – 0/2/1 – 3
T-17. Japan – 0/2/1 – 3
T-20. Australia – 0/1/0 – 1
T-20. Finland – 0/1/0 – 1
22. Latvia – 0/0/2 – 2
T-23. Great Britain – 0/0/1 – 1
T-23. Ukraine – 0/0/1 – 1

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