SOCHI, Russia - Spoiler alert! See who won medals at Thursday's Olympic competitions in Sochi. The results will be coming throughout the day because Sochi is nine hours ahead of the eastern time zone.
-- US skiers sweep slopestyle
The U.S. has swept the podium in men's slopestyle skiing.
Joss Christensen soared to gold today in the sport's Olympic debut, posting a score of 95.80 to beat teammates Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper. The gold was the fourth for the U.S. in Sochi, all won on the slopes of the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
In warm conditions better suited for a spring break in the mountains than the Winter Olympics, the 22-year-old Christensen was by far the best. Each of his four runs scored in the 90s.
The sweep is the third for the U.S. in Winter Olympic history, joining men's figure skating in 1956 and men's halfpipe snowboarding in 2002.
-- No Russian in men's figure skating
Evgeni Plushenko has withdrawn from the men's figure skating competition at the Sochi Olympics for medical reasons.
The four-time medalist who helped Russia win the team gold over the weekend fell on a triple axel during warmups Thursday for the short program and immediately grabbed his back. He skated while bent over toward his coaches, then tried to loosen up by skating around the Iceberg rink some more.
He then attempted another axel and botched it, shook his head and consulted with coach Alexei Mishin. When Plushenko's name was announced to the crowd for the short program seconds later he skated to the event referee and withdrew.
Before leaving the ice, he held up both hands to the crowd as if to say he was sorry, and took a small bow.
He was Russia's only man in the competition, so the host country will have no finisher in the event.
-- Aspen's Jeremy Abbott falls in men's short program
Aspen resident and U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott fell hard on an attempted quadruple toe loop Thursday in the men's short program at the Olympics, yet finished the routine.
Abbott crashed to the ice on his first jump and slid into the padded end boards, staying down for an extended period, clutching his right hip. He looked like he wouldn't get up, and his coaches moved toward the entry door to the ice.
But Abbott, 28, struggled to his feet and, to the surprise of many and the applause of the crowd, resumed skating.
And he performed quite well, hitting the rest of his elements.
The fall cost Abbott one full point. The "interruption" cost him another full point. He ended with a score of 72.52.
The men will compete Friday is in the free skate to determine the medals.
-- Avs' Stastny scores in USA's big hockey win Thursday
Paul Stastny scored twice during a six-goal barrage in the second period, and the United States got off to a spectacular start in the Olympic men's hockey tournament with a 7-1 victory over Slovakia on Thursday.
Ryan Kesler, David Backes, Phil Kessel and Dustin Brown also scored as the Americans battered Slovakia for six consecutive goals in a 13:51 span, turning what was expected to be a tough matchup into a laugher.
Jonathan Quick made 22 saves in his Olympic debut for the U.S., which hopes to improve on its silver-medal finish in Vancouver despite a roster that isn't thought to have the offensive power of Canada, Russia or Sweden.
-- Avs' Varlamov helps Russian hockey team
Colorado Avalanche goal Semyon Varlamov stopped 12 of 14 to help Russia defeat Slovenia 5-2 Thursday.
-- Despite injury, Kowalczyk wins women's 10k classical
Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk dominated her favorite event at the Sochi Olympics on Thursday, winning the women's cross-country 10-kilometer classical race despite skiing with a fractured foot.
Kowalczyk led from the first intermediate time in the interval start race and only increased her lead as the race went on. She finished in 28 minutes, 17.8 seconds, beating silver medalist Charlotte Kalla of Sweden by 18.4 seconds.
Therese Johaug of Norway took bronze, 28.3 seconds behind.
-- Women's 500m speedskating
Li Jianrou of China won the gold medal in 500-meter short track speedskating after she was the only woman who didn't fall in the final.
Li survived the crash-filled final Thursday to keep the Olympic title in China's hands. Injured countrywoman Wang Meng couldn't defend the title she has won at every Winter Games since 2002.
Arianna Fontana of Italy took the silver and Park Seung-hi of South Korea earned the bronze.
Elise Christie of Britain caused the first crash of the wild final and was disqualified.
-- Women's 1000m speedskating
Zhang Hong pulled off a stunning victory in the women's 1,000 meters Thursday and gave China its first gold ever in Olympic speedskating.
Zhang, who had not done much on the World Cup circuit this season, skated in the seventh of 18 pairs based on her middling results. But she posted a stunning time of 1 minute, 14.02 seconds, breaking the track record and just missing the Olympic mark set by Chris Witty at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.
The Dutch ran their Sochi speedskating medal haul to 12.
Ireen Wust took the silver and Margot Boer the bronze.
American Heather Richardson took 7th and American Brittany Bowe took 8th.
-- Bode Miller 3rd in final super-combined training
Ondrej Bank of the Czech Republic led the final super-combined training session Thursday at the Sochi Olympics, and defending champion Bode Miller was third.
Dominik Paris of Italy was second.
World champion Ted Ligety was 11th.
Friday's winner will be determined by adding the times together from one downhill run and one slalom leg.
-- Men's 20K individual biathlon
France's Martin Fourcade wins men's 20K individual biathlon for his 2nd gold of Sochi Olympics.
-- Luge competition
Germany won the inaugural Olympic luge team relay on Thursday, with three already-golden champions joining forces to celebrate one more time at the Sochi Games.
Felix Loch, Natalie Geisenberger and the doubles team of Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt finished their runs in 2 minutes, 45.649 seconds, good enough to beat Russia for the title by 1.030 seconds. Latvia won the bronze.
The team relay combines one men's slider, one women's slider and one doubles team from each nation. They all get one heat, and sliders have to smack a large pad after crossing the finish line to trigger a signal that it's time for the next sled on their team to enter the track.