It was another day of skiing in 40-plus-degree weather, which worked out well for the Europeans. The women's super-combined, men's biathlon and men's moguls were on the docket in Sochi on Monday, the Winter Olympics' fifth day.
Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany took gold in the women's super-combined (a combination of downhill and slalom alpine skiing) with a time of 2:34.62, less than half a second faster than Nicole Hosp of Austria (2:35.02); the United States' Julia Mancuso finished with a time of 2:35.15 and grabbed the bronze medal.
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France's Martin Fourcade won gold with a time of 33:48.6 in the men's biathlon pursuit event (in a pursuit, biathletes' starts are separated by their time differences from a previous race), with Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic finishing 14.1 seconds back, and Jean Guillaume Beatrix, another Frenchman, coming in 24.2 seconds out of first to take bronze.
The men's moguls, a type of freestyle skiing in which skiers display tricks, jumps and other impressive feats on a mogul slope, finished up on Monday, with two Canadians grabbing the top two medals.
Canada's Alex Bilodeau won the gold, finishing with an impressive score of 26.31 from the judges, well ahead of his other competitors. Fellow countryman Mikael Kingsbury won the silver medal, while Russia's Alexandr Smyshlyaev earned the bronze.
Remember to check out our medal counter to stay updated on which countries are leading the medal count in Sochi.