Sochi Medal Count: Updated Tally Following Day 5 of Winter Olympics 2014

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Sochi Medal Count: Updated Tally Following Day 5 of Winter Olympics 2014
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Whether you fancy winter sports on the slopes or in the skating rink, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi have plenty to offer at the moment.

Wednesday marked Day 5 of the action and there were six more medal ceremonies. While Norway held on to its lead in the overall medal count, a strong day from Germany pushed its gold-medal total to six—the best mark of any nation so far.

Here's a look at the updated medal count in Sochi followed by the biggest storylines of Wednesday's action. For full results and information, visit Sochi2014.com.

 

Tina Maze and Dominique Gisin Tie for Gold

Who needs a silver medal when you can give out two golds?

For the first time in the history of women's alpine downhill skiing at the Olympics, two competitors finished with the same exact time to earn the gold medal. With identical times of 1 minute, 41.57 seconds, Slovenia's Tina Maze and Switzerland's Dominique Gisin tied for first place.

"Maybe just one finger or one hand can change the color of a medal," said Maze, via ESPN.com, adding there was no need to slice up their finishing times into thousandths of seconds rather than hundredths. "It's even more interesting because it's not a usual thing. It's something special."

Once the results were made official, Maze and Gisin took to the highest level of the podium together and raised their hands in unison as co-Olympic champions.

While it marked an unprecedented occasion in this event, David Leon Moore of USA Today reported it's not the first time this has happened in the Olympics:

This was the fifth medal tie overall in Olympic alpine skiing. There have been three ties for second, including the USA's Diann Roffe Steinrotter tying Anita Wachter of Austria for the silver medal in the giant slalom in 1992. The others were the 1998 men's super-G (Didier Cuche and Hans Knauss) and the 1964 women's giant slalom (the USA's Jean Saubert and France's Christine Goitschel). And, in the 1948 men's downhill, two Swiss skiers tied for the bronze medal.

As for American Julia Mancuso, who was trying to join Bode Miller as the second U.S. skier to earn five Olympic medals after earning a bronze in the super combined, she finished a disappointing eighth, 0.99 seconds behind the winners. Still, she offered her praise to her fellow competitors:

"It's really crazy," Mancuso said of the tie, via Moore. "I'm really happy for both girls. It's an amazing show."

 

USA's Kaitlyn Farrington Wins Women's Halfpipe

About 24 hours after Shaun White ended with a fourth-place finish in the men's halfpipe snowboarding event, American Kaitlyn Farrington took the gold in the women's competition.

The Idaho native entered the final as a favorite after a hefty win in the semifinals. With her second run of 91.75 points, Farrington edged out silver medalist Torah Bright of Australia by just 0.25 points.

While the first few days for Americans on the slopes have been a relative disappointment, Wednesday marked a big triumph for the U.S. program, as Kelly Clark finished third and Hannah Teter finished fourth.

It would have been cool to see a trio of Americans on the podium together, but two out of three isn't bad.

 

Germans Stay Golden

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Following a Day 4 that was highlighted by Carina Vogt's gold medal in the inaugural Olympic women's ski jumping competition, Germany kept it up with two more first-place finishes on Wednesday.

In a luge doubles race that featured a pair of medal-winning sibling couples, the winners turned out to be two guys named Tobias.

While Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won the gold with a total time of 1:38.933 after dominating the World Cup circuit the past year, Austria's Andreas and Wolfgang Linger (silver) and Latvia's Juris and Andris Sics (bronze) also claimed spots on the podium.

The brothers Linger were vying to win their third straight Olympic gold medal but fell short, while the Sics earned their second medal as a duo after finishing second in 2010. 

For Wendl and Arlt, it maintained Germany's stronghold on the luge event in Sochi, per Tom Withers of the Associated Press.

Three races. Three golds. Wunderbar.

With luge legend Georg Hackl coaching the team's biggest stars, the Germans are giving this picturesque area high in the Caucasus Mountains a very Bavarian look.

Wendl and Arlt followed dominant, gold-medal winning performances by Felix Loch in men's singles and Natalie Geisenberger in the women's race with one of their own. They had a 0.312 lead over the Lingers after their first run, and only needed to avoid a major mistake on their second time down to give Germany its 10th gold in 14 doubles races since 1964.

Joining the German gold parade was Eric Frenzel, who won the Nordic combined event with a total score of 131.5.

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