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Today at the Olympics: US strikes gold; Kearney looks to repeat as moguls champ

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  February 8, 2014 07:04 AM

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Each day throughout the Winter Olympics, we'll bring you a daily rundown on what to expect and a look at key story lines in Sochi.

What to watch today, Saturday, Feb. 8

While you were sleeping:

While NBC was televising the Opening Ceremony Friday night in prime time, the athletes in Sochi were awaking, nine hours ahead of East Coast time, for the first full day of competition at the Winter Olympics.

The US women’s hockey team beat Finland in its first game of the Olympics, 3-1, with goals by Hilary Knight (from Hanover, NH), Kelli Stack (Boston College graduate), and Alex Carpenter (North Reading, BC). The Switzerland and Canada women play this morning at 8 a.m. (ET, NBC Sports Network).

Medal watch (spoilers):

The US won its first medal of these Sochi games when Sage Kotsenburg won gold in snowboard slopestyle. Norway’s Staale Sandbech and Canada’s Mark McMorris finished with the silver and bronze, respectively.

In cross-country, Norway’s Marit Bjoergen won the ladies’ skiathon 7.5K free, with Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla and Norway’s Heidi Wang winning the silver and bronze, respectively.

Later in the day, the highlight will be watching Vermont’s Hannah Kearney try to repeat as Olympics moguls champion, something she took a big step toward with her top qualifying run on Thursday (streamed live, 1 p.m., televised in prime time).

Medals will also be awarded in biathlon (men’s 10K sprint, televised 2:30 p.m., NBC).

Looking ahead to Sunday, the men’s downhill, one of the premier Alpine events of the Olympic Games, will be streamed live at 2 a.m. (ET), and televised during NBC’s prime time coverage Sunday night.

Tweets from the athletes:

Kotsenburg reacted after his gold medal performance:

Reactions from the Opening Ceremony

Zdeno Chara, star of the Games:

Photo of the day:

Via US luger Chris Mazdzer:

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