SOCHI, Russia (AP) It took an extra day, but Russia is starting to get results at its hometown Sochi Games.
The host nation was the top medal mover on the second day of medal competitions, with four medals in eight contests, including its first gold in team figure skating thanks to 15-year-old Julia Lipnitskaia and Russian superstar Evgeni Plushenko.
Not bad for a country spending 3 billion rubles (more than $86 million) per year on its athletics programs, with pressure squarely on its athletes to deliver on the ice and snow.
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The run took Russia to second among 17 countries in the medal standings, tied with Canada, the Netherlands and the United States.
Other countries making the board on Day 2: Finland, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Sweden and the Ukraine.
And staying consistent was Norway, which won three bronzes Sunday to up its medal total to seven – all in snow sports.
Next: five golds up for grabs Monday, including the women’s super combined ski slalom, men’s short track 1500 meters, men’s 500-meter speedskating, men’s 12-kilometer pursuit biathlon and men’s freestyle skiing moguls.
– By Oskar Garcia – Twitter http://twitter.com/oskargarcia
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