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Russia Wins Its First Gold Medal at the Sochi Olympics

Host Russia has won its first gold medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics, while athletes from six other countries also captured events Sunday.

Evgeni Plushenko and Julia Lipnitskaia won the new team figure skating competition as their countrymen, including President Vladimir Putin, cheered at the Iceberg arena.

Athletes from Slovakia, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and the United States also won gold medals.

Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia defended her Olympic title from the Vancouver games four years ago by winning the women's biathlon 7.5-kilometer sprint. German Felix Loch won his second straight men's luge title.

Dutch speedskater Ireen Wust won the women's 3,000-meter race, edging out skaters from the Czech Republic and Russia.

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



Austrian Matthias Mayer took the top prize in the Alpine skiing downhill men's event.

Switzerland's Dario Cologna won the men's 30-kilometer cross country skiathlon.

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

Medals will also be awarded Sunday in one other event, men's ski jumping.

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

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