SOCHI, Russia - The 2014 Sochi Olympics kicked off Friday and events carried into Saturday morning, while most in the U.S. were sleeping. Sochi is nine hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
Here’s a list of what fans may have missed:
Men's Slopestyle: Kotsenburg picks up the gold
The United States picked up its first gold medal of the games with Sage Kotsenburg winning this new Olympic snowboarding event. The 20-year-old American scored 93.5 on his first run, which proved enough to hold off Norway’s Staale Sandbech (91.75) and the Canadian favorite Mark McMorris (88.75). Kotsenburg hadn’t won an event in nine years before his victory in an Olympic qualifying run last month, but with American superstar Shaun White sitting out to focus on the upcoming halfpipe, Kotsenburg kept his hot streak going with a new trick called the “Holy Crail.”
U.S. women nab hockey win
Hilary Knight scored 53 seconds into Team USA’s first Group A qualifying contest and the Americans rolled to a 3-1 victory against Finland. Knight also had an assist on a Kelli Stack goal and added another on a power play in the second period for the U.S., which got an outstanding 14-save performance from goalie Jessie Vetter.
Norway takes women’s cross country
Marit Bjoergen continued a solid start to the Games for the Norwegians, picking up cross country gold in a time of 38:33.6 to beat Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla, who took silver in 38:35.4. Norway also earned its third medal of the young Sochi Games, with Heidi Weng taking the bronze.
Bobsledder bathroom bust
The issues surrounding the accommodations in Sochi have been highlighted in the news in the past week, and Saturday morning is no exception. Team U.S.A. Bobsledder Johnny Quinn found himself locked in a restroom after showering. To escape, Quinn busted through the door and climbed out, tweeting a photo of the damage and using the hashtag "SochiJailBreak.”
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