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Norway holds all the aces, wins 4 medals on Sochi Olympics' Day 1

Published time: February 09, 2014 13:31
Winner Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway celebrates during the flower ceremony for the men's biathlon 10 km sprint event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor February 8, 2014 (Reuters / Carlos Barria)

Winner Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway celebrates during the flower ceremony for the men's biathlon 10 km sprint event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor February 8, 2014 (Reuters / Carlos Barria)

On the opening day of the Sochi Olympics, Norway eclipsed the competition, taking the lead in the overall medals count: two golds, a silver and a bronze. It was followed by Canada and the Netherlands boasting three medals each.

One of those who made headlines on Saturday was American Snowboarder, Sage Kotsenburg, who not only became the first gold medalist of the Sochi Games, but the first ever Olympic champion in the slopestyle event as well.

Winner of the men's snowboard slopestyle Sage Kotsenburg of the U.S. holds up his country's national flag at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 8, 2014 (Reuters / Mike Blake)

Another of Norway's star, Marit Bjoergen, claimed gold in the women’s skiathlon event, which opened the cross-country skiing program at the Sochi Winter Games. It took the 33-year-old skier just 38:33.6 minutes to complete the 15 kilometer distance at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center. It is the fourth Olympic gold for the indefatigable sportswoman, who nonetheless announced her retirement after the Sochi Games.

Gold medalist Norway's Marit Bjoergen poses during the medal ceremony for the women's cross-country skiathlon event in the Olympic Plaza at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 8, 2014 (Reuters / Shamil Zhumatov)

And certainly, all eyes in Sochi were on the legendary biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, when he won the Olympic gold medal in the men’s sprint race. Cosmic speed and just one miss at the shooting range allowed the 40-year-old Norwegian champ to complete the 10-kilometer distance at the Laura Center in a record 24:33.5 minutes. It’s the seventh Olympic gold for the Scandinavian veteran.

Second-placed Chloe Dufour-Lapointe (L) of Canada congratulates her sister, winner Justine Dufour-Lapointe (R), after the women's freestyle skiing moguls final competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor, February 8, 2014 (Reuters / Mike Blake)

Meanwhile, speed skaters from the Netherlands gained all three spots on the Olympic podium in the men’s 5000 meter event. And two coveted Olympic medals went to Canadian sisters, Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe. The blond bombshells grabbed the first two spots on the podium in the freestyle skiing moguls event.

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