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Four Countries Win Olympic Gold Sunday

Gold medalist Jorien ter Mors of the Netherlands jumps in celebration during the flower ceremony for the women's 1,500-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.
Gold medalist Jorien ter Mors of the Netherlands jumps in celebration during the flower ceremony for the women's 1,500-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.
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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 an Olympic record in the race at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, to win the gold medal.  She defeated 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 36-year-old Miller became the oldest Olympic Alpine skiing medalist.

Czech Republic's Eva Samkova celebrates after taking the gold medal in the women's snowboard cross final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.Czech Republic's Eva Samkova celebrates after taking the gold medal in the women's snowboard cross final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
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Czech Republic's Eva Samkova celebrates after taking the gold medal in the women's snowboard cross final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
Czech Republic's Eva Samkova celebrates after taking the gold medal in the women's snowboard cross final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
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, one day after Swedish women won their event.  Russia earned the silver medal, with President Vladimir Putin in attendance.  France came in third.

The men's 15-kilometer mass-start biathlon race was postponed to Monday because of fog.

With 17, the Netherlands now has the most total medals, followed by the United States and host Russia with 16.  Germany has the most gold medals with seven, followed by the Netherlands, Switzerland and Norway with five each.

  • Alexander Tretiakov of Russia celebrates with fans and supporters in the finish area after he won the gold medal during the men's skeleton competition, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 15, 2014.
  • Lindsey Jacobellis of the United States crashes in the women's snowboard semifinal as Canada's Dominique Maltais tries to avoid her at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 16, 2014.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin poses for a photograph with volunteers during his visit to watch the men's cross country skiing relay during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center near Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 16, 2014.
  • Italy's Michela Moioli is placed on a stretcher after a crash in the women's snowboard final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 16, 2014.
  • France's Deborah Anthonioz reacts after her seeding run during women's snowboard cross competition at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 16, 2014.
  • Sweden's Lars Nelson skis past a hole in the snow during the men's cross-country relay, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 16, 2014.
  • Spectators wait for the start of the figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace, in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 16, 2014.
  • Jilleanne Rookard of the U.S. rests after competing in the women's 1,500-meter race at the Adler Arena Skating Center, Sochi, Russia, Feb. 16, 2014. 
  • Men's super-G medalists from left, United States' Andrew Weibrecht (silver), Norway's Kjetil Jansrud (gold), Canada's Jan Hudec (bronze) and United States' Bode Miller (bronze) pose for photographers on the podium, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Feb. 16, 2014.



  • Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu carries the Japanese flag after winning gold in the men's free skating event at the 2014 Winter Olympics, February 14, 2014. 

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