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U.S. pushing toward top of medal count

Sochi, Russia (AP) -- Andrew Weibrecht and Bode Miller allowed the United States to come away with two medals in the men's super-G at Sochi, bringing the countrys total to 16.

Miller, 36, tied for the bronze to become the oldest Alpine medalist in Olympic history. It's his sixth medal in 12 years of Olympic competition.

Weibrecht claimed silver after capturing bronze in Vancouver four years ago. He had suffered through a number of surgeries and lost his sponsorship from the U.S. ski team since then.

Norway's Kjetil Jansrud won the gold medal.

The Netherlands leads the overall medal count with 17. The U.S. and host Russia are tied for second with 16 each.

The U.S. men's hockey team completed a perfect 3-0 run through the opening round with a 5-1 win against Slovenia. Phil Kessel recorded the first American hat trick in the Olympics since 2002. Ryan Miller lost his shutout bid with 17.6 seconds left in the game. He made 17 saves in his Sochi debut. The Americans finished atop Group A and earned an automatic spot in the quarterfinals, which begin Wednesday.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White are on pace to become the first Americans to win Olympic gold in ice dancing after taking the short dance. That puts the reigning world champions one performance away from a gold medal. Davis and White earned an international personal best 78.89 points and lead 2010 gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada by 2.56.

American Steven Holcomb is third after the first two runs of the two-man bobsled. He trails leader Alexander Zubkov of Russia by 36-hundredths of a second with two runs to go.

Fog forced the postponement of the men's 15-kilometer mass-start biathlon race. It was rescheduled for Tuesday along with the men's snowboard cross.


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