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The Winter Olympics continued half a world away. Concerns over the snowboarding halfpipe and Canadian athletes dominated headlines once again.
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SOCHI, Russia – The 2014 Sochi Olympics continued late Monday night with events carrying into Tuesday
morning, while most in the U.S. were sleeping. Sochi is nine hours ahead of Eastern Standard
Time. Here’s a list of what fans may have missed:
Halfpipe events called off, back on again
Snowboarders continued to make qualifying runs on a controversial halfpipe early Tuesday
morning despite officials originally deciding to postpone the event around 5 a.m Eastern time.
Officials announced a plan to skip the first round of qualifying and move on to a semifinal
round, an idea that was quickly scrapped. Gregory Bretz was the only one of three American
riders competing in the first qualifying heat. Two-time defending gold medalist Shaun White
and fellow American Danny Davis were scheduled to go later in the day. Riders had already
complained about the venue’s extremely vertical walls, which made landing tricks difficult, and
rising temperatures created slushy conditions on the pipe Tuesday.
Howell gives Canada another gold
The snowboarders had their chance and Tuesday it was the skiers' turn to take on the
slopestyle run outside Sochi, with Canada’s Dara Howell winning gold in the women’s event
while her teammate Kim Lamarre added a bronze to the Canadian haul. Howell posted a score
of 94.2 to top the United States' Devin Logan, who took silver.
Russians pick up curling win
The host Russians highlighted early-morning action with a 9-7 victory over the United States.
Switzerland earned a 7-6 triumph over Denmark while Canada rolled past Sweden 9-3 as the
women’s curling tournament continued.
Oh, Canada takes medal count lead
The two medals in slopestyle helped the Canadians take the overall medal count lead, which
Norway had dominated most of the first few days of the Games. Canada had nine medals,
including four gold, three silver and two bronze. The Norwegians remained at seven total,
including two gold while the Netherlands' speed skating dominance brought its total to seven
medals, including three gold. The United States has six medals, two gold, one silver and three