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6 Gold Medals Up for Grabs on Day 7 of Sochi Games

Winner Switzerland's Dario Cologna celebrates during a flower ceremony for the men's 15 km cross-country classic event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor, Feb. 14, 2014. Winner Switzerland's Dario Cologna celebrates during a flower ceremony for the men's 15 km cross-country classic event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor, Feb. 14, 2014.
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Winner Switzerland's Dario Cologna celebrates during a flower ceremony for the men's 15 km cross-country classic event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor, Feb. 14, 2014.
Winner Switzerland's Dario Cologna celebrates during a flower ceremony for the men's 15 km cross-country classic event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor, Feb. 14, 2014.
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Switzerland's Dario Cologna won has won the men's cross-country skiing 15 kilometer classic, the first of six gold medals being handed out Friday at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

It is the second gold medal for Cologna at these Olympics. Sweden's Johan Olsson took silver at Friday's event while Swiss skier Daniel Richardson won the bronze.

Also Friday, Alpine skiing star Ted Ligety of the United States is among the favorites in the highly anticipated men's supercombined.

Ligety is the reigning world champion in the event, which consists of one run of downhill and one run of slalom. France's Alexis Pinturault was also a favorite going into the event.

  • Shani Davis of the U.S. skates in the prototype of the official US Speedskating suit during a training session at the Adler Arena Skating Center at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 14, 2014.
  • Latvia goaltender Edgars Masalskis reaches to block a shot on goal by the Czech Republic in the third period of a men's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 14, 2014.
  • The two-man team from Monaco MON-1, piloted by Patrice Servelle, start a run during a training session for the men's two-man bobsled at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 14, 2014.
  • This multiple exposure photo shows the Sweden curling team throwing during a round robin session against China in the Ice Cube Curling Center at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 14, 2014.
  • Norway’s Haavard Vad Petersson and Torger Nergaard sweep ahead of the rock during men's curling competition against Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 14, 2014.
  • Workers groom the women's downhill course at the Rosa Khutor Alpine center at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 14, 2014.
  • Evgenii Itbaev leaps as a friend takes her picture near the Olympic Cauldron at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 14, 2014.
  • Norway's Chris Andre Jespersen wears a cut suit as he gets to the finish area after completing the men's 15K classical-style cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 14, 2014.
  • Swiss fans wear cow costumes and national flags at the Alpine ski venue for the men's supercombined at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 14, 2014.

The men's figure skating competition will be decided Friday. Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu is currently in the lead after setting a new world record score in the short program Thursday. He leads three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Canada.

The event will be decided without Russian skating icon Yevgeny Plushenko, who withdrew after injuring his back in warmups Thursday.

In the women's skeleton, Lizzy Yarnold of Britain and Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States are first and second heading into the final two runs for gold.

Gold medals will also be decided in women's freestyle aerials and women's individual 15 kilometer biathlon.

Norway leads the medal count with 13, followed by the U.S. and the Netherlands with 12 each. Host Russia is next with 11. Germany leads in gold medals with seven among its total of 10 medals. Switzerland's gold Friday put it in a second-place tie with Canada, Norway, the Netherlands and the U.S. for top honor medals.

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