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Cranston's Castelli And Partner Shnapir Finish As Top Americans In Pairs Figure Skating

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More gold and bronze for the U.S.


        SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Russia's Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov won the gold in pairs figure skating. Another Russian team was second with Germany third. The top American finish was ninth by Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir.

        The U.S. snared the gold and bronze in the women's snowboarding halfpipe at the Sochi Olympics. Salt Lake City's Kaitlyn Farrington is the gold medalist while the bronze was grabbed by teammate Kelly Clark. Clark was the gold medalist in Salt Lake City eight years ago.

        Following the results in the women's halfpipe, Team USA had nine medals, three gold, one silver and five bronze.


        Two-time defending gold medalist Shani (SHAH'-nee) Davis finished a disappointing eighth in the 1,000-meter speedskating event. Davis was hoping to become the first American male speedskater 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 speedskating 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.


        Elsewhere at the Sochi Games, Canada edged the United States 3-2 win women's hockey. 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. women's curling team is close to being eliminated. They were beaten by China 7-4. The Americans would have to win all five of their remaining round-robin games to stand a chance of reaching the semifinals.


        When the U.S. begins play in the men's hockey tournament later in the week Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings will start the first game against Slovakia in goal. He got the nod over Ryan Miller and Jimmy Howard.


        The men's hockey tournament opened with Sweden beating the Czech Republic 4-2.  Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson led the way for the Swedes with a pair of goals.  Simon Moser was credited with a goal with 7.9 seconds left in the game giving Switzerland to a 1-0 win over Latvia.


        Chobani is giving up on its quest to deliver its Greek yogurt to U.S. athletes at the Sochi Games. Instead, the company says it plans to donate a shipment of about 5,000 cups of yogurt it had hoped to send to U.S. athletes at the Winter Games to food banks in New York and New Jersey The shipment has been held up in a refrigerated warehouse at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport because of Russian customs red tape.

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