2014 Winter Olympics: Austria dominates super-G, Russia takes over medal count

Paul Gilham

Good morning! While you were sleeping, Austria continued its reign of dominance in the super-G, Russia took over the overall medal count and there was a stunning upset in men's preliminary hockey.

SB Nation 2014 Winter Olympic Coverage

You were sleeping Saturday morning? Who does that? Well, here's what you may have missed while you were doing something other than watching the Olympics. You're welcome.

Austria takes two medals in women's super-G

Super-G is one of the wildest skiing events of the Olympics. During the final in Sochi, seven of the first eight riders on the course were unable to finish. Blame it on soft snow, or maybe just bad luck, but the early crashes set the stage for Austrian dominance in the event.

Austria took two medals, including gold for Anna Fenninger, and has now won eight of 24 medals handed out since super-G joined the Winter Olympics docket during the 1988 Calgary games. Austria now has seven total medals at this year's Olympics. Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch took silver to bump her country's medal count to 12, putting it one piece of hardware behind the United States and Norway in the total medal count.

Slovenia stuns Slovakia in men's hockey

Slovenia pulled off a stunner Saturday, beating what should have been an overpowering Slovakia squad, 3-1, to earns its first win in Olympic play. According to SB Nation's Adam Gretz, the game was not as close as the score indicated. The Slovenians dominated from the opening faceoff, and broke through goaltender Jaroslav Halak with three goals during a span of seven minutes in the third period.

For Slovakia, the result proved that their blowout loss to the United States was not a fluke. Here's Gretz:

Just four years ago they were playing for a medal. Four years before that they went 5-0 in group play. Combined, they entered this year's tournament 8-4-1 with a 41-29 goal differential in their previous two Olympics appearances.

This year they're not only 0-2, they've been outscored 10-2, and their only two goals consist of one that should not have counted due to a badly missed offside call by the officials in their loss to the United States, and a meaningless garbage time goal against Slovenia with 17 seconds to play in a game they trailed by three.

The United States will have to take on the upstart Slovenians on Sunday in Group A play after playing Russia on Saturday. Depending on the result of the bout against Russia, the game against Slovenia could be very dangerous for the Americans.

Russia takes over medal count

Russia took gold and silver in the men's 1,000-meter short track to move into first place in the overall medal count in Sochi. Russia now has 14 total medals, edging out the 13 for the United States and Norway.

Viktor Ahn, formerly on the South Korea national team, won the event with a time of 1:25.352, just .074 seconds ahead of teammate Vladimir Grigorev and .212 seconds ahead of Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands, who took bronze. China's Dajing Wu was one of the favorites to win heading into the final, but he finished just outside of a medal in fourth place with a time of 1:25.772.

Sweden wins first cross country gold

Sweden had been neck-and-neck with Scandinavian rivals Norway for cross country skiing supremacy in Sochi with seven medals apiece. Sweden had yet to win a gold medal (Norway had three) until Saturday, however. Anna Haag, Ida Ingemarsdotter, Charlotte Kalla and Emma Wiken combined to win the women's 4x5-kilometer relay over Finland and Germany.

Norway was left off the podium for just the second time in six gold medal cross country skiing events thus far. They finished just fifth Saturday, behind France in fourth. There was a big dropoff from the medalists to the rest of the pack. Germany's bronze medal time was just 0.9 seconds behind Sweden's winning time of 53:02.7. France's fourth-place time was 53:47.7.

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