Day 6 of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is in the books. The big winners were spread out among various nations of the world. In total, there were six gold medals issued in Thursday's action.
Below is a list of the real-time medal count and a closer look at the day's medalists.
Men's Slopestyle Final
- Gold - Joss Christensen, USA
- Silver - Gus Kenworthy, USA
- Bronze - Nicholas Goepper, USA
It was an American sweep in men's slopestyle. Christensen took home the gold with an emotional performance. According to Kentworthy, Christensen's friend since childhood, Joss dedicated the run to his late father J.D. Christensen.
Per Lisa Dillman of The Los Angeles Times, Kentworthy had this to say:
Joss Christensen is such an incredible guy, not even as just a skier but more so as a person. He’s awesome. His dad passed away and I know that was really hard for him. ...
He’s just skied beautifully this year. It’s so awesome. I’m happy I got to watch him today, seeing him put down both of his runs. I think he definitely deserved the gold and I couldn't be prouder.
Via Twitter, Christensen expressed his excitement after winning and gave props to his teammates for the sweep:
Women's Speedskating 500-Meter Final
- Gold - Jianrou Li, China
- Silver - Arianna Fontana, Italy
- Bronze - Seung-Hi Park, South Korea
Sometimes just staying upright is enough to win a gold medal. Such was the case for Li as she triumphed in a crash-filled 500-meter women's final.
After the race was over, Li told reporters through a translator, and per the Associated Press and The Washington Post, she "felt very lucky."
It was the first gold medal in Sochi for the Chinese. Li's win kept the title in the hands of China as three-time defending champion Wang Meng of China missed the Olympics after breaking her ankle last month.
Women's 10-km Classic
- Gold - Justyna Kowalczyk, Poland
- Silver - Charlotte Kalla, Sweden
- Bronze - Therese Johaug, Norway
Despite skiing with a fractured foot, per the Associated Press via The Los Angeles Times, Kowalczyk captured the gold medal in the 10-km classic. With a time of 28 minutes 17.8 seconds, the 31-year-old bested Kalla of Sweden for the top spot.
Kowalczyk could have used her foot as an excuse, but when you win, no excuses are needed.
Women's Speedskating 1,000-Meter Final
- Gold - Hong Zhang, China
- Silver - Irene Wust, Netherlands
- Bronze - Margot Boer, Netherlands
Not long after Li gave China its first gold medal in Sochi, Zhang followed with her stunning performance in the 1,000-meters.
She captured the top podium spot ahead of the experienced and decorated Wust. The Associated Press via ESPN.com puts Zhang's win into perspective:
Zhang, who had not done much on the World Cup circuit this season, skated in the seventh of 18 pairs based on her middling results. But she posted a stunning time of 1 minute, 14.02 seconds, breaking the track record and just missing the Olympic mark set by Chris Witty at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.
Men's Biathlon 20-km Individual
- Gold - Martin Fourcade, France
- Silver - Erik Lesser, Germany
- Bronze - Evgeniy Garanichev, Russia
Fourcade continued his dominance in the biathlon by winning his second gold medal in the event on Thursday. Without question, the 25-year-old Frenchman is a natural in the combined event.
Sochi Minister agrees:
Luge Team Relay
- Gold - Germany
- Silver - Russia
- Bronze - Latvia
It's quite clear that the Germans are the kings of luge. On Thursday, the team took the gold medal in the relay to make it a clean sweep of all the Olympic luge events.
Why have the Germans been so dominant in this event? NBC analyst Duncan Kennedy told Mandi Bierly of Entertainment Weekly:
"Luge to Germany is really what baseball is to the U.S. in a lot of ways. A good example is they have elementary school championships."
Quite a testament to the lifelong commitment and passion culminating in Sochi.