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American women dominate halfpipe

Sochi, Russia (AP) -- The U.S. snared the gold and bronze in the women's snowboarding halfpipe at the Winter Olympics Wednesday.

Salt Lake City's Kaitlyn Farrington won the gold medal, while teammate Kelly Clark took home bronze. Clark was the gold medalist in Salt Lake City 12 years ago. Hannah Teter, who won gold in Torino in 2006, finished fourth.

Following the results in the women's halfpipe, Team USA had nine medals -- three gold, one silver and five bronze, tied for fourth overall with Russia.

Two-time defending gold medalist Shani Davis finished a disappointing eighth in the 1,000-meter speed skating event. Davis was hoping to become the first American male speed skater to capture the same event at three consecutive Olympics.

The Netherlands Stefan Groothuis was the winner of the 1,000 meters, continuing his country's domination of the speed skating events. The Dutch have won 10 of a possible 15 medals at the skating oval.

The gold in the women's downhill had to be shared. Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland had identical times. The bronze went to Switzerland's Lara Gut.

American Julia Mancuso was a disappointing eighth.

Canada edged the United States 3-2 in women's hockey Wednesday. The Canadians are 3-0 entering the semifinals, while the U.S. is 2-1. These two clubs are favored to meet in the gold medal game.

The U.S. mens hockey team, including Hilton High School graduate Ryan Callahan, opens play Thursday at 7:30 a.m. EST against Slovakia. Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings will start in goal instead of the Buffalo Sabres Ryan Miller.

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Washington Times