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February 13, 2014

In rare winter sweep, US rules Olympic slopestyle

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SLOPESTYLE SKIING: Goepper and Kenworthy raised Christensen on their shoulders after his final run down the mountain, which he started knowing he already clinched the gold. The three friends wore flags as capes in the giddy aftermath of their triumph. "I think it's going to give the U.S. a lot more confidence and it's going to get a lot of people really excited," Goepper said.

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CROSS-COUNTRY: Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland skied with a fractured foot but still captured the gold in the women's cross-country 10-kilometer classical race. Leading virtually all the way, Kowalczyk finished in 28 minutes, 17.8 seconds, beating silver medalist Charlotte Kalla of Sweden by 18.4 seconds. Therese Johaug of Norway took bronze, 28.3 seconds behind.

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SPEEDSKATING: Li Jianrou of China won the gold in 500-meter short-track speedskating after all three of her competitors in the finals fell. Li's victory keeps the Olympic title in China's hands. Injured countrywoman Wang Meng couldn't defend the title she has won at every Winter Games since 2002. Arianna Fontana of Italy took the silver and Park Seung-hi of South Korea earned the bronze. Elise Christie of Britain caused the first crash of the wild final and was disqualified.

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