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Sochi 2014 Paralympics medal count Day 1: USA begins medal hunt

Alana Nichols of the United States competes in women’s downhill, sitting in alpine skiing on Saturday earing a silver medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, March 8, 2014.
Alana Nichols of the United States competes in women’s downhill, sitting in alpine skiing on Saturday earing a silver medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, March 8, 2014.Tom Pennington/Getty Images

On Saturday in Sochi, Russia with the start of competition in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games the Russian Federation jumped ahead of all other nations in both gold medals and total medals while athletes from the United States started their medal quests, earning three on Day 1.

The countries leading the gold medal race thus far are the Russian Federation with four gold medals, Germany with two gold medals and Ukraine, Slovakia, Japan, France, Austria and Spain with one gold medal each.

The countries leading the total medal race as of the end of Saturday’s events are the Russian Federation (12); Ukraine (five); Japan, Canada and the United States (three each); Germany, Slovakia and France (two each); and Austria, Spain, Great Britain and Belarus (one each).

Medals awarded on Saturday, with gold medal winning countries in parenthesis, were:
Alpine skiing:
Women’s downhill – visually impaired (Slovakia)
Women’s downhill – standing (France)
Women’s downhill – sitting (Germany)
Men’s downhill – visually impaired (Spain)
Men’s downhill – standing (Austria)
Men’s downhill – sitting (Japan)

Biathlon:
Women’s 6 km – sitting (Germany)
Men’s 7.5 km – sitting (Russian Federation)
Women’s 6 km – standing (Russian Federation)
Men’s 7.5 km – standing (Russian Federation)
Women’s 6 km – visually impaired (Russian Federation)
Men’s 7.5 km – visually impaired (Ukraine)

Alana Nichols and Laurie Stephens of the United States won the silver and bronze medals, respectively, in women’s downhill, sitting in alpine skiing. Allison Jones of the United States won the bronze medal in women’s downhill, standing in alpine skiing.

Following is a full list of the medal standings as of the end of competition on Day 1 of events with the breakdown by total medals then by type (gold, silver and bronze):

Country……………....Gold... Silver...Bronze......Total
Russian Federation……4………6…….2…………12
Ukraine………….....…...1……...1……..3…….……5
Japan……….....…...…..1…...…0……..2…...……..3
Canada………………....0………2…….1……........3
United States……….….0……....1…….2……....….3
Germany………...…..….2………0……..0…..….….2
Slovakia………….….....1…..…..1…..…0…...….….2
France……….…....……1………0……..1….………2
Austria……………….…1…..…..0…..…0….………1
Spain……….…....…..…1………0……..0….………1
Great Britain….....….....0………1…..…0…….……1
Belarus……….......….…0……...0…..…1…............1

Non-medal events were held in ice sled hockey and wheelchair curling.

Medal round events scheduled for Sunday, March 9 include competition in alpine skiing men’s super-G - standing, alpine skiing men’s super-G - sitting, alpine skiing men’s super-G - visually impaired, men’s cross country skiing 15 km – sitting and women’s cross country skiing 12 km – sitting.

For the complete and current table of Winter Paralympic medal awards as events conclude please view the official Sochi 2014 medal count or the NBC Olympic medal standings. The medal totals are updated throughout the night and morning, U.S. time.

For complete coverage and schedules of all of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Olympic events, please visit the official site for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games as well as the NBC 2014 Olympics Winter Games site.