Heading into the final three days of the Sochi Games, American athletes have earned the most medals of any country with 25. Team USA added two more medals on Thursday, with Maddie Bowman winning the gold in women's halfpipe and the U.S. women's hockey team grabbing the silver after a loss to Canada in the gold-medal game.
In the women's halfpipe final, Bowman won the event with a score of 89.00, topping France's Marie Martinod (85.40) and Ayana Onozuka of Japan (83.20), who won silver and bronze, respectively. Bowman's performance earned Team USA its eighth gold medal of the Olympics so far.
Team USA lost a heartbreaker to Canada in the women's hockey final. Meghan Duggan gave the U.S. the lead late in the second period before Alex Carpenter added to the advantage in the third, giving America a 2-0 advantage with 17:59 left in the game. But Canada stormed back, grabbing its first goal with 3:26 left and knocking home the equalizer with just under a minute remaining.
In the sudden-death overtime that ensued, Canada earned a power play after a series of penalties and scored the game-winning goal on Marie-Philip Poulin's second of the game. Canada won its fourth straight gold in the event, with the U.S. earning the silver for the second straight Winter Olympics.
Norway continued to dominate in cross-country skiing, winning the gold in the Team Gundersen LH/4x5 km event. The Norwegians have won nine medals in cross-country skiing events so far in Sochi. Germany added another medal, taking the silver, while Austria won its 10th medal of the Sochi Games with a bronze finish. The American team came in sixth place.
France swept the men's ski cross finals, as Jean Frederic Chapuis took home the gold, and countrymen Arnaud Bovolenta and Jonathan Midol earned the silver and bronze medals, respectively. The three skiers increased France's medal haul to 15, putting them ninth among all countries. America's top finisher, John Teller, placed 28th out of 32 competitors.
In the women's individual figure skating competition, Russia's Adelina Sotnikova won her country's first solo gold medal in figure skating, upsetting South Korea's Kim Yuna, who earned the silver medal after winning the gold in Vancouver. Carolina Kostner of Italy grabbed the bronze, while America's Gracie Gold just missed out on the medal podium, finishing in fourth. Two other Americans, Ashley Wagner (seventh place) and Polina Edmunds (ninth), also finished in the top 10.