SOCHI SCENE: Medal Movers

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Associated Press

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 4:03 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 14 at 4:06 AM

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — China won its first two golds of the Sochi Games and the United States swept a ski slopestyle final to make the countries the biggest medal movers on the sixth day of title competition.

Both of China's golds were won by women on ice skates, in the 500-meter short track and the 1,000-meter long track speedskating.

The U.S. medal sweep didn't boost it in the overall medal standings, where the country sits fifth behind Germany, Canada, Norway and the Netherlands. Germany has 10 total medals — seven golds.

China is showing the value of gold as the top-ranked Asian country after 38 events, despite only three total medals. France, Austria and Slovenia have more medals but are ranked lower.

A total of 24 countries have won medals, though no new countries won medals on Thursday.

Six finals were scheduled for Friday, including: men's 15-kilometer classic cross-country skiing, men's super combined slalom alpine skiing, women's 15-kilometer individual biathlon, men's figure skating, women's skeleton and women's aerial finals freestyle skiing.

— By Oskar Garcia— Twitter http://twitter.com/oskargarcia

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