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Winter Olympics 2014 medal count: Norway leading after Saturday events

The Norwegians cleaned up in cross-country skiing and have an early lead in the medal count.

Richard Heathcote

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While Canada, Germany and the United States dominated the medal table during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Norway has stormed out of the gates in the Sochi games to take an early lead in the medal count.

On Saturday, five different medal events took place with a total of 15 medals awarded. Norway walked away with four of those medals, including two golds in skiing. First, Ole Einar Bjoerndalen won gold in the men's biathlon 10km sprint. Later on, Marit Bjoergen won gold in the women's skiathlon.

The United States also won gold on Saturday when Sage Kotsenburg emerged as the victor in the men's slopestyle snowboarding competition. Still, the Netherlands sits above the United States on the medal table because of a clean sweep in the men's 5000 m speed skating.

Canada had a strong showing in the women's freestyle moguls, securing two more medals thanks to sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe. American Hannah Kearney finished third, failing to defend her Vancouver gold medal.

1. Norway (4) - Two gold, one silver, one bronze

T2. Canada (3) - One gold, one silver, one bronze

T2. Netherlands (3) - One gold, one silver, one bronze

4. United States (2) - One gold, one bronze

T5. Sweden (1) - One silver

T5. Austria (1) - One silver

T5. Czech Republic (1) - One bronze

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