The complexion of the medal count at the 2014 Winter Olympics has changed after Day 4.
Norway has overtaken Canada for the outright lead in total medals thanks to some dominant performances on the cross-country course. However, the race for gold medals is still as tight as ever, with Germany entering the mix.
Let's take a closer look at the updated Olympic medal count and Day 4's results.
|Biathlon||Women's 10km Pursuit||Darya Domracheva (BLR)||Tora Berger (NOR)||Teja Gregorin (SLO)|
|Cross Country||Ladies' Sprint Free||Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR)||Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR)||Vesna Fabjan (SLO)|
|Cross Country||Men's Sprint Free||Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR)||Teodor Peterson (SWE)||Emil Joensson (SWE)|
|Freestyle Skiing||Ladies' Ski Slopestyle||Dara Howell (CAN)||Devin Logan (USA)||Kim Lamarre (CAN)|
|Luge||Women's Singles||Natalie Geisenberger (GER)||Tatjana Huefner (GER)||Erin Hamlin (USA)|
|Ski Jumping||Ladies' Normal Hill Individual||Carina Vogt (GER)||Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT)||Coline Mattel (FRA)|
|Snowboarding||Men's Halfpipe||Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI)||Ayumu Hirano (JPN)||Taku Hiraoka (JPN)|
|Speedskating||Ladies' 500m||Sang Hwa Lee (KOR)||Olga Fatkulina (RUS)||Margot Boer (NED)|
Norway Sweeps Cross Country Sprint Free
Norway continued its impressive start at the 2014 Sochi Games on Day 4, earning three medals in cross-country competition.
In the ladies' sprint free finals, Maiken Caspersen Falla took home gold, finishing in a time of 2 minutes, 35.49 seconds to beat out teammate Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg by the slimmest of margins. Slovenia's Vesna Fabjan earned the bronze medal, finishing .4 seconds off Falla's pace and just .02 seconds behind Oestberg.
American Sophie Caldwell was more than 12 seconds off Falla's pace, finishing sixth.
Tough fight by Sophie Caldwell in cross-country final who finishes in 6th place. #TeamUSA— US Olympic Team (@USOlympic) February 11, 2014
Meanwhile, in the men's sprint free, Ola Vigen Hattestad claimed Norway's fourth gold medal of the Games, finishing in a time of 3:28.35.
Sweden's Teodor Peterson and Emil Joensson finished second and third respectively to earn silver and bronze. Norway nearly landed another competitor on the podium, though, as Anders Gloeersen finished fourth, 3.92 seconds back of the podium.
Canada Reigns Supreme in Ladies' Ski Slopestyle
Ladies' ski slopestyle favorite Kaya Turski saw her gold medal hopes dashed in the qualifying rounds of Tuesday's competition but was able to cheer on Canadian teammates Dara Howell and Kim Lamarre, who earned gold and bronze, respectively.
Team USA's Devin Logan took home silver.
Turski was ill coming into the Winter Games and acknowledged that she hasn't been feeling herself of late, per USA Today's Lindsay H. Jones:
Gosh, I think it's an accumulation of what's been going on for the last couple weeks for me. The virus got the better part of me, well, I think I got the better part of me. I've just been feeling really low.
The 25-year-old Montreal native fell in both of her qualifying runs. Meanwhile, Howell was nearly flawless in her first run in the final, scoring an incredible 94.20 to all but seal a victory. Logan's 85.40 on her first run was enough to secure second place.
Lamarre would rebound on her second and final run, posting an even 85.00 to leap Australia's Anna Segal for a podium spot.
The competition also saw Canada's Yuki Tsubota suffer a devastating fall at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. The 20-year-old would be removed from the course on a stretcher after hitting the snow hard and sliding down the slope.
Erin Hamlin Makes History for Team USA
Women's luge star Erin Hamlin earned a historic bronze medal on Day 4, securing the U.S.'s first-ever medal in singles luge.
Germany's Natalie Geisenberger and Tatjana Huefner, who posted the top two times in both of Day 4's runs, finished first and second respectively in the four-run competition.
Although it wasn't gold, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more impressive bronze-medal performance the rest of the way in Sochi. After all, in her two previous Olympic attempts in Vancouver and Turin, Hamlin failed to finish inside the top 10.
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