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Norwegian Skier Wins First of Five Olympic Medal Events Sunday

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USA forward T.J. Oshie scores in shootout against Russia during men's ice hockey matchup at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi, Feb. 15, 2014.
A Norwegian skier finished ahead of two Americans and a Canadian to win the men's super-G - the first of five events to award medals Sunday at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Kjetil Jansrud took the gold in the Alpine event, followed by Americans Andrew Weibrecht and Bode Miller, who tied for the bronze medal with Canada's Jan Hudec. Thirty-six-year-old Miller became the oldest Olympic Alpine skiing medalist.

The winner, Jansrud, earned the bonze medal last week in the downhill competition.

Medals will also be awarded Sunday in snowboard, cross-country relay, speed skating and biathlon.

The United States now has the lead with 16 total medals - one more than host Russia. Germany has the most gold medals with seven, followed by Switzerland and Norway with five each.

Seven medal events took place Saturday. Poland's Kamil Stoch took the gold at the large hill ski jump. Russian Alexander Tretiakov won the skeleton competition. Poland's Zbigniew Brodka took speedskating's 1,500 meter event. On the short track, Russian Victor An won the 1,000 meter final, while Yang Zhou of China took gold for the women in the 1,500 final. Earlier, Sweden won the women's cross-country 4 by 5-kilometer relay, and Austrian Anna Fenninger earned the gold for alpine skiing.

The United States defeated Russia 3-2 in a nail-biting shootout hockey clash.

The Russians appeared to score the winning goal with just under five minutes left in the third period of the preliminary round game, but referees disallowed the goal because the net was knocked out of place before the shot.

The regulation ended 2-2, going into overtime play and then a shootout. T.J. Oshie scored the shootout winner as Team USA fans went wild.