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Seven Gold Medal Events Saturday at Sochi Olympics






Norwegian skiers have swept all three medals in the first of seven gold medal events Saturday at the Sochi Olympics in the penultimate day of the Winter Games.

Marit Bjoergen won the gold in the women's cross-country 30-kilometer mass start freestyle race, ahead of compatriots Therese Johaug and Kristin Stoermer Steira.

The men's and women's snowboard parallel slalom will hold medal competition Saturday for the first time ever in the event.

Gold will also be decided in the men's 4 by 7.5-kilometer biathlon relay.

The men's and women's speed skating team pursuit medals will be awarded at the Adler Arena.

The men's slalom of Alpine skiing is the last schedule gold medal event of the day.

The U.S. men's hockey team faces Finland in a bronze medal game.

Heading into Saturday's competition, the United States leads in total medals with 27, followed by host Russia with 26 and Canada with 24. Norway has the most gold medals with 10, followed by the U.S., Russia and Canada with nine each.



On Sunday, Canada will face Sweden in the men's hockey gold medal game.

On Friday, athletes from Italy and Germany have tested positive for drugs in the first announced doping cases of the Sochi Olympics.

Italy's Olympic committee said bobsledder William Frullani was told to leave Sochi after testing positive earlier this week for a banned substance (dymethylpentylamine).

German officials say one of their female athletes tested positive for drugs in two samples. A German ski federation official said biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle did not test positive for the blood-booster EPO, but for a stimulant sometimes found in nutritional supplements.

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