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Sochi update: Day 1 overall Olympic medal count sees Norway on top, U.S. fourth

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Day one of competition at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia ended Feb. 8 with five newly minted Olympic champions enjoying the view from the tops of their respective podiums. According to data posted to the Games' official website, Norway is the current overall medal count leader, although several nations are within easy striking distance as the Games progress.

Norwegian athletes captured two gold medals during the first day of competition, as Marit Bjoergen captured the title in the ladies' skiathlon 7.5 km classic + 7.5 km free event and biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen topped the podium in the men's 10 km sprint. Norway also took bronze in the ladies' skiathlon and silver in the inaugural run of the men's snowboard slopestyle event.

Tied for second place with three medals each are Canada and the Netherlands, who snagged one gold, one silver and one bronze medal each. A podium sweep in the men's 5,000 meter speed skating event, which was dominated by super star and pre-event favorite Sven Kramer, gave the Netherlands all three of their day one medals. Canada earned their via a one-two finish in the ladies' moguls event, and from a bronze medal performance by pre-event favorite Mark McMorris in men's snowboard slopestyle.

Team USA sits in fourth place with two day one medals. Boarder Sage Kotsenburg snagged the first victory of the Sochi Olympics by winning the men's slopestyle event, while reigning World Cup champion Hannah Kearney finished third behind the Lapointe sisters in the women's moguls event.

The day one overall Olympic medal count is rounded out by three more nations. Austria and Sweden claimed one silver medal apiece, while the Czech Republic scored a bronze in the men's 10 km sprint.

Action from the Sochi Olympics resumes Feb. 9.



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