The first week of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi is beginning to wind down, but that doesn't mean that the action has slowed at all.
Wednesday's action in Sochi featured some big events, including women's halfpipe. The event was a big victory for Team USA, as Kaitlyn Farrington nailed her final run to win the gold medal while fellow teammate Kelly Clark was able to take bronze.
Other wild storylines from Wednesday included a tie for the gold medal in women's downhill skiing between Dominique Gisin and Tina Maze, posting identical times of one minute and 41.57 seconds. Meanwhile, Shani Davis, who was searching for his third straight gold in the men's 1,000-meter speedskating race, came in eighth, while Stefan Groothuis from the Netherlands won the event.
With another day wrapped up, let's take a look at the latest medal count for the top countries as well as a look at the top storylines to watch for on Thursday.
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Day 6 Storylines
Can USA Take the Gold in Men's Ski Slopestyle?
Historically, the Americans have done very well in the men's ski slopestyle final, and they will be hoping to do so once again on Thursday.
The top name from Team USA to watch for in this event will be Nick Goepper. At just 19 years old, Goepper is coming off of a gold medal at the 2014 Winter X Games after posting a score of 95.00 on an incredible run. This was his second gold medal and third overall medal in the event at the X Games, so the expectations are high heading into this event.
Fellow American skier Gus Kenworthy will be another name to watch for. He's been a solid finisher at the X Games, but he has only won one medal, winning bronze at Tignes in 2013. He may not be a favorite to win, but all he needs is one good run to potentially win a medal.
Qualifications for the event will take place earlier in the day, but if both of these guys can make it to the finals, USA should like their chances of winning at least one medal in ski slopestyle.
Tim Burke Looks To Win Historic Medal for Team USA
The USA doesn't tend to do well in biathlon events. In fact, they've never won a medal in biathlon before. But there's a chance that that could change this year, as Tim Burke looks to bring them a medal in the men's individual 20-kilometer event.
This is the third Olympic Games that Burke has competed in, attending the 2006 and 2010 games as well. However, he's never finished in the top five in any previous event, coming in ninth once back in 2006 in Torino.
Despite his struggles in the previous two Olympic Games, Burke has given the USA team hope after winning the silver medal in the 2013 World Championships in the 20-kilometer individual competition. He was the second American to ever win a medal at the event, and now he's searching for one at the Olympics.
Burke's first event at Sochi in the 10-kilometer race didn't exactly go as planned after finishing in 19th, but if he can do what he did in the 20-kilometer race at the World Championships, he could make history.
Canada Begins Quest to Win Gold Again in Men's Hockey
The Canadian men's hockey team is the clear favorite to win it all once again at Sochi. The Canadians are looking to defend their 2010 gold medal from Vancouver, but they've been a pretty dominant team for a while, winning eight gold, four silver and two bronze medals in their 20 appearances in the Olympics.
Team Canada will get things started on Thursday with their first match against Norway. The game should be a good tune-up game for the Canadians, as Norway has only one NHL player in Mats Zuccarello from the New York Rangers.
With players like Jonathan Toews, Martin St-Louis, Patrice Bergeron and Sidney Crosby, the Canadians are once again a big favorite to win the gold. They have a ton of talent on the roster, and this game against Norway will be an ideal game to see just how good they really are.
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