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Olympics to Award Medals in Eight Events Sunday

An American snowboarder and an Austrian skier have won the first two gold medals of Sunday's eight medal events at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Jamie Anderson of the United States won the inaugural women's snowboarding slopestyle competition, ahead of athletes from Finland and Britain.

Anderson's victory came a day after fellow American Sage Kotsenburg capture the first gold medal of the Sochi Games by winning the same event for men.

Also Sunday, Matthias Mayer took top prize in the premier Alpine skiing downhill men's event, edging Italian Christof Innerhofer by six-hundredths of a second. Norway's Kjetil Jansrud earned the third-place bronze. American favorite Bode Miller finished a disappointing eighth.

Medals will also be awarded Sunday in ski jump, biathlon, cross country skiing, figure skating, luge and speed skating.

On Saturday, Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen became the oldest Winter Olympic gold medalist in an individual sport. The 40-year-old athlete finished first in the biathlon 10-kilometer sprint, beating the age record held by Canadian skeleton racer Duff Gibson who was 39 when he won gold at the 2006 Turin Olympics.

Bjoerndalen also matched compatriot Bjoern Daehlie for the most medals in the history of the Winter Games with 12.

Norway leads the medal count with five, and is tied with the U.S. for the most gold medals with two.



Snowboarding slopestyle is one of several sports added this year to the Winter Olympics in hopes of increasing the amount of younger people who follow the Games.

There are 98 medal events at the Sochi Games, 12 more than in Vancouver four years ago.

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