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Team USA moves into tie for medal lead

Sochi, Russia (AP) -- Meryl Davis and Charlie White made Olympic history Monday by becoming the first American team to win gold in ice dancing. The West Bloomfield, Mich., natives finished second in Vancouver four years ago.

Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir finished second after capturing gold in Vancouver. This time, the Americans won with a score of 116.63 points, compared to 114.66 for the Canadians. A team from Russia was third.

The U.S. two-man bobsled team of Steven Holcomb and Steve Langton won the bronze medal. Their time of 3:46.27 was 0.88 off the gold medal winning performance of the Russian duo.

Following those results, Russia and the U.S. were tied for the overall medal lead with 18. The Russians had five gold, seven silver and six bronze, while the Americans had won five gold, four silver and nine bronze.

The U.S. women's hockey team advanced to Thursday's gold medal game with a 6-1 semifinal win against Sweden Monday. The Americans peppered the Swedish goaltender with 70 shots, one shy of the women's Olympic record of 71, set by the U.S. against China in 2002.

Megan Bozek, Kendall Coyne and Brianna Decker each had a goal and two assists for the U.S., which will play longtime rival Canada for the title. The Canadians beat Switzerland 3-1 in Monday's other semifinal.

NBC Sports Network said 4.1 million people in the United States watched the Americans' dramatic 3-2 mens hockey victory Sunday. That was a record number for a hockey game on the channel.

When the game went to a shootout, 6.4 million people tuned in to watch T.J. Oshie score four times to lead Team USA to the win.

Bob Costas returned as host for NBC's primetime Olympic coverage Monday, if still not exactly clear-eyed, at least with a sharpened sense of respect for the colleagues and crew who covered for him during a six-day absence. Costas missed time with an eye infection.

 
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