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    Ice Dancers, Snowboarders Take Center Stage at Sochi Games

    Seven medal events are set for Monday at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, including a showdown in the ice dance competition between Canada and the United States.

    Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White lead the competition going into the decisive free dance, but face a stiff challenge from Canadians Tess Virtue and Scott Moir.

    Meanwhile, the first bobsled medals of the games will be decided, along with two biathlon events, after fog postponed the start of the men's 15-kilometer start on Sunday.

    Four countries won Olympic gold medals Sunday, with the Netherlands sweeping the top three places in the 1,500-meter women's speedskating event.



    Dutch skater Jorien ter Mors set a record in winning the Gold, defeating two teammates, favorite Ireen Wust, who finished second, and Lotte van Beek.

    Norwegian skier Kjetil Jansrud won the men's super-G, followed by Americans Andrew Weibrecht and Bode Miller, who tied for the bronze medal with Canada's Jan Hudec.

    The Czech Republic won its first gold medal of the Games when Eva Samkova, wearing a fake moustache for good luck, took the women's snowboarding cross event. The silver medal went to Canadian Dominique Maltais, while Chloe Trespeuch of France captured the bronze.

    Sweden took the gold in the men's four by 10-kilometer cross country relay. Russia earned the silver medal, with President Vladimir Putin in attendance. France came in third.

    The top five nations leading the total medals race at the end of Sunday's competition are Netherlands with 17, host Russia and the United States with 16 each, and Norway and Canada with 14 each. Germany leads the gold medal count with seven, followed by Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland with five each.

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