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Austrian Skier Wins Saturday's First Olympic Gold

Austrian skier Anna Fenninger has won the first of seven gold medals to be awarded in Saturday's competition at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Fenninger took top prize in the women's Alpine skiing super-G competition, with a fellow Austrian earning the bronze. A German skier took the second place silver medal.

Germany still leads the gold medal count with seven, while the Unites States and Norway have the most total medals with 13 each.

Medals will also be awarded Saturday in men's and women's short-track, along with Nordic skiing, speed skating, skeleton and ski jumping.

On Friday, Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu became the first Asian to win the men's Olympic figure skating title.

The 19-year-old Hanyu topped three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Canada. The competition took place without Russian skating star Yevgeny Plushenko, who withdrew after injuring his back in warmups Thursday.



Earlier Friday, athletes from Switzerland and Belarus each captured their second gold medals.

Switzerland's Dario Cologna, skiing in short sleeves on another warm and sunny day in Sochi, was outstanding in the men's cross-country 15-kilometer classic. Cologna also won the 30-kilometer skiathlon in Sochi.

In the women's individual 15-kilometer biathlon, Darya Domracheva of Belarus finished first with a dominant showing of her own. Domracheva earlier won the women's 10-kilometer biathlon pursuit, becoming the first female Belarusian to capture a Winter Olympic gold.

Swiss skier Sandro Viletta pulled off a surprise first-place finish in the highly anticipated men's supercombined, which consists of one downhill run and one slalom run.

In other medals events Friday, Britain claimed its first gold as Elizabeth Yarnold took first in women's skeleton. Also, Alla Tsuper of Belarus soared high into the sky to win the women's freestyle skiing aerials.

Meanwhile, Olympic officials said they have sold more than one million tickets for the Sochi games. The announcement came a day after the Russian men's hockey team debuted in Sochi, helping push the number over the top.

A record 106,000 fans packed into Olympic Park Thursday as Russia beat Slovenia 5-2 in hockey.

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