Medal Count 2014 Olympics: Updated Day 3 Tally and Day 4 Storylines to Watch

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Medal Count 2014 Olympics: Updated Day 3 Tally and Day 4 Storylines to Watch
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The 2014 Winter Olympics are heating up from Sochi, Russia, where Canada leads the medal count with three golds and three silvers through the first three days of action.

Alex Bilodeau's gold-medal run in men's ski moguls and Charles Hamelin's victory on the speedskating oval highlighted the Canadians' big day, which featured three medals in all.

The Netherlands and Norway aren't far behind in the overall medal count with seven apiece. 

Meanwhile, the United States is fifth heading into Day 4. However, thanks to snowboarding dynamos Sage Kotsenburg and Jamie Anderson, the Americans are one of only five countries to have secured at least two gold medals thus far. 

But with Day 4 bringing a handful of more podium opportunities, the complexion of the medal race is sure to change. 

 

 

Top Day 4 Storylines 

Kaya Turski Takes Aim at Gold in Ladies' Ski Slopestyle

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The snowboarders have had their turn on the slopestyle course in Sochi. Now, it's time for the skiers to suit up. 

On Day 4, the top female freestyle skiers on the planet will be in Rosa Khutor Extreme Park looking to medal in the ladies' ski slopestyle. The action will begin with qualification at 10 a.m. local time (1 a.m. ET) and conclude with the final at 1 p.m. local time (4 a.m. ET).

While there are plenty of talented skiers to watch for, Canada's Kaya Turski is seen as the overwhelming favorite to take home gold.

The 25-year-old Montreal native has a sick arsenal of tricks and has dominated competitions across the globe in recent years. She's won at the X Games, the Winter Dew Tour and at the World Ski Championships. 

The only hardware she's missing is an Olympic medal.

 

Shaun White and Men's Snowboard Halfpipe

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Many American viewers are familiar with just one name this winter: Shaun White.

On Day 4, the decorated snowboarding champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist will look to make it three straight Olympic gold medals inside the frozen halfpipe.

But White and his competitors will have to overcome a halfpipe that has been described as both "dangerous" and "crappy" by some Olympians. Even the two-time reigning champion appears to be a bit concerned about the course conditions ahead of Tuesday's action, per USA Today's Rachel Axon:

I'm hoping they can do whatever they can to make it a better pipe.

It's hard to get here and see this and feel the pressure. Not so much myself, I won't name who it was, but there was a girl in front of me very distraught to be all the way here to Russia with the Olympics and really having a hard time with this pipe. But I'm hoping for the best.

Qualification is scheduled for 2 p.m. local time (5 a.m. ET) with semifinal action set for 7 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET). Finally, the medal round will commence sometime around 9:30 p.m. local time (12:30 p.m. ET). 

Having won the gold in this event in 2006 and 2010, White will be a heavy favorite to turn in the best score on Day 4. However, if you're searching for a pair of names capable of spoiling White's shot at the three-peat, look no further than Japan's Ayumu Hirano and the U.S.'s Danny Davis.

 

Erin Hamlin Eyes Historic Podium Finish in Luge

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While White will be a favorite to win gold on Day 4, American Erin Hamlin will look to shock the world by becoming the first U.S. Olympian to medal in singles luge, per USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt.

The 27-year-old was second-fastest in Day 3's first heat but ranks third through the first two runs. Hamlin currently trails German contenders Natalie Geisenberger and Tatjana Huefner with two runs left on Day 4.

Although Hamlin won gold in singles luge at the 2009 World Championships in Lake Placid, she'll have to overcome some serious Olympic demons on Tuesday in order to make history for Team USA. After all, she's yet to post a top-10 finish in singles luge in either of her previous two Olympic appearances.

Run No. 3 is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. local time (9:30 a.m. ET), and the final run is set for 8:20 p.m. local time (11:20 a.m. ET).

 

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