Winter Olympics 2014 schedule and results: It was a great morning for America

USA's Kotsenburg pulls upset, wins first Sochi gold

The night opened with the men's slopestyle semifinals. It looked like American Ryan Stassel would qualify for the final after a strong first run, but in the end, medal favorite Mark McMorris of Canada came up with a huge second run to make his way through, pushing Stassel and others out of the final. McMorris joined USA's Sage Kotsenburg, Japan's Yuki Kadono and Great Britain's Billy Morgan in the final, along with eight other competitors who qualified on Thursday.

Once in the final, Kotsenburg made a huge statement with a 93.50 on his first run, basically the only clean run out of 12 initial tries. It got a little closer on the second go around, with several scores landing in the high 80s and low 90s, but ultimately nobody could catch Kotsenburg and he won America's first 2014 gold.

Women's hockey begins, America dominates

Yes, the score was only 3-1. But that's deceptive. The U.S. women's hockey team utterly dominated Finland on Saturday morning, peppering Finnish goalie Noora Raty with 43 shots. Without Raty, who's also an NCAA national champion with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the game would've been downright embarrassing for Finland.

Kelli Stack, Alex Carpenter and Hilary Knight scored for the United States. Susanna Tapani helped Finland avoid a shutout, scoring with about five minutes left in the third period.

Norway takes the medal lead

The Norwegians are pretty good at cross-country skiing. Marit Bjoergen won gold in the ladies' skiathlon, an event that is 7.5 kilometers of classic skiing and 7.5 kilometers of skate skiing, with a time of 38.33.6. She held off Sweden's Charlotte Kalla by two seconds.

Heidi Weng, also of Norway, won bronze, bringing the Norwegian total medal count so far to three.

Records on the speed skating oval

The Dutch conquered the 5000m men's speed skating event, taking the top three spots and a new Olympic record. Sven Kramer's finish time of 6:10.76 won him gold and the all-time best in an Olympic race. Fellow countrymen Jan Blokhuisen and Jorrit Bergsma took silver and bronze, respectively.

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