Olympics Results 2014: Biggest Winners from Friday's Action

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Olympics Results 2014: Biggest Winners from Friday's Action
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Overall, the United States still leads the overall medal count in Sochi, but the host country is right on its heels. Friday was a better day for the Russians than the Americans, but there are still two days of competition remaining.

Here's a look at the updated medal count heading into the weekend.

The athletes that stood out most are from the top two winners overall, but the Americans' neighbors to the north had a great day collectively.

 

Viktor Ahn

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The Russian short track superstar was phenomenal on Friday. He captured the gold in 500 meters and helped lead the Russians to the gold in the 5,000-meter relay. Ahn said this after his team won gold in the relay, per John Weaver of Yahoo! Sports:

"I'm very happy we were able to win a medal as a team. I wanted one thing tonight, which was for all of us to be smiling together.

Ahn's triumphs marked the second and third gold medal of the Games for him.

He has a total of six in his career, which makes him the most decorated short track athlete of all time. Ahn is just 28 years old, so it is possible he could add more hardware to his trophy case in 2018.

When the Sochi Games wrap up, he will be known as one of this Olympics' biggest superstars.

 

Mikaela Shiffrin

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The United States was desperately in search of an athlete it could adorn as the face of the Games. On Friday, the search was over when Shiffrin won the gold medal in women's slalom.

At 18 years old, she became the youngest woman to win gold in her signature event. Lindsey Vonn's absence created an opportunity for Shiffrin to step in and make a name for herself. She did just that and has established the type of momentum that could carry over to success in 2018.

Graham Dunbar of the Associated Press (per Yahoo! Sports) talked about Shiffrin's awesome recovery from a near mistake midway through her second run.

Dunbar wrote: "[Shiffrin] showed impressive balance and agility on the Rosa Khutor course, somehow correcting herself in mid-air and landing her skis back between the gates midway through her second run."

 

Team Canada

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The men's curling team won gold, Marielle Thompson and Kelsey Serwa took gold and silver, respectively in women's ski cross, Charle Cournoyer won bronze in men's short track 500 meters and Team Canada shutout its American rivals 1-0 in men's hockey.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more successful day for any country in the entire Sochi Games.

The hardware pushed Canada to third in the total medal count with two days left to compete. Oh Canada.

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