SOCHI, Russia - Spoiler alert! See who won medals in Friday's Olympic competitions in Sochi.
-- Vail's Shiffrin wins Olympic slalom gold medal!
Vail's Mikaela Shiffrin made Alpine skiing history Friday as the youngest ever winner of an Olympic slalom gold medal.
The 18-year-old American protected her lead from an impressive first run to win in 1 minute, 54 seconds. She finished 0.53 seconds faster than veteran Marlies Schild of Austria, one of Shiffrin's childhood favorites.
Kathrin Zettel of Austria took bronze, trailing 0.81 behind Shiffrin.
Shiffrin took the record for youngest Olympic slalom champion, male or female, from Paoletta Magoni of Italy, who won gold at the 1984 Sarajevo Games when she was 19.
American Julia Ford finished out of the medal competition.
-- Men's hockey semi-finals
The men's hockey showdown between Canada and the United States didn't pack the punch that most were hoping for when the game began.
Many viewed these two teams as the best in the tournament and fully expected a wild, heart-pounder similar to the gold medal game between the USA and Canada women the previous night.
Instead, the Canadians dominated from start to finish with a cold, ruthless performance to win 1-0 and advance to the gold medal game.
Canada put the Americans in a vise and wouldn't let them breathe, limiting their scoring chances and suffocating their offensive attack. Canada goalie Carey Price got the shutout, but he was rarely challenged. Jamie Benn got the only goal for Canada in a game that lacked many scoring chances for either side.
The Canadians will play Sweden in the gold medal game Sunday. Sweden prevailed over Finland 2-1 on the strength of a late go-ahead goal by Erik Karlsson.
-- Canada finishes 1-2 in Olympic women's skicross
Marielle Thompson and Kelsey Serwa finished 1-2 for Canada in women's skicross Friday, giving their country bookend gold-silver performances in Olympic freestyle skiing.
Freestyle opened Feb. 8 with sisters Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal finishing 1-2 in moguls.
This marked Thompson's third and biggest win of the season.
The final pitted the four fastest women in qualifying. Thompson, ranked third, took an early lead against the first-ranked Serwa and never let it slip.
Ophelie David of France wiped out about two-thirds of the way down the course, which gave the bronze to Sweden's Anna Holmlund.
There were no Americans in the event.
-- Canada wins gold medal in men's Olympic curling
Canada won a third straight Olympic title in men's curling on Friday, overwhelming Britain in a 9-3 victory in eight ends to secure the country's sweep of the gold medals at the Ice Cube.
Canada beat Sweden in the women's final on Thursday.
Playing in their trademark aggressive manner, Brad Jacobs' Canadian team pounced on a string of mistakes by Britain to take a 6-1 lead after four ends. The British conceded with two ends still available because of the large points differential.
The result matched the heaviest margin of victory in a men's Olympic final.
After starting the round robin 1-2, Jacobs' rink won eight straight games to live up to the lofty expectations of a country where curling is the No. 2 sport behind ice hockey.
Sweden won the bronze medal on Friday, beating China 6-4 in a game that was decided by the final shot in an extra end.
-- Ukraine wins women's biathlon relay for 1st gold
Ukraine won the Olympic women's 4x6-kilometer biathlon relay on Friday for its first gold medal of the Sochi Games.
The team of twins Vita and Valj Semerenko, Juliya Dzhyma and Olena Pidhrushna missed five targets but avoided penalty loops to finish in 1 hour, 10 minutes, 2.5 seconds.
Defending champion Russia was 26.4 behind to take silver, and Norway trailed by 37.6 to win bronze.
It was the second medal for Ukraine these games, after Vita Semerenko took bronze in the women's 7.5K sprint.
The American team took 7th.
-- Ahn rallies to win Olympic 500 short track gold
Viktor Ahn of Russia won Olympic gold in the 500 meters Friday, giving the short track star his seventh career medal in the only event he had never won at the games.
Ahn rallied to take the lead from Wu Dajing of China on the last lap after Liang Wenhao of China crashed out. Born in South Korea, he became a Russian citizen in 2011.
Ahn pumped both arms and yelled as he crossed the line first, triggering a wild celebration from the mostly Russian fans at Iceberg Skating Palace.
Wu earned silver and Charle Cournoyer of Canada took bronze.
Ahn earned a record fifth short track gold and became the first skater to win all four individual short track events at the Olympics.
-- South Korea's Park wins Olympic 1,000 short track
Park Seung-hi of South Korea won Olympic gold in women's 1,000 meter short track, giving her a third medal at the Sochi Games.
Park took over the lead from American Jessica Smith early in the race Friday night and stayed in front the rest of the way. Park earned her other gold medal in the women's 3,000 relay, and took bronze in the 500.
Fan Kexin of China earned silver, and Shim Suk-hee of South Korea earned bronze in the crash-free final. Shim also won her third medal, having taken silver in the 1,500 and joining Park on the victorious relay.
Smith, of Melvindale, Mich., finished last in the four-woman final.
-- U.S. speedskaters win first medal in men’s 5,000 relay
Viktor Ahn led Russia to Olympic gold in the 5,000-meter relay Friday, giving the short track star a record-tying eighth career medal.
He joined Semen Elistratov, Vladimir Grigorev and Ruslan Zakharov in winning Russia’s fifth short track medal in Sochi. With eight laps to go, Ahn took over the lead for good from American J.R. Celski. Born in South Korea, Ahn became a Russian citizen in 2011.
The U.S. team of Eddy Alvarez, Celski, Chris Creveling and Jordan Malone took silver, ending a medal drought for American speedskaters in Sochi. The long track team failed to get on the podium in 12 events, and the U.S. had been shut out in the first seven events at short track.
China took bronze despite crashing on the first lap.
-- German biathlete tests positive at Sochi Olympics
German Olympic officials say biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle has been kicked out of the Sochi Games after a positive doping test.
The German Olympic Committee says she tested positive on Monday for the stimulant methylhexanamine. Both the "A" sample and backup "B" sample were positive.
The committee says the athlete has been removed from the team and is being sent home.
Sachenbacher-Stehle competed in five events in Sochi but did not win any medals. Her best results were two fourth-place finishes, in the 12.5K mass start and the mixed relay. She also finished 11th in the 7.5k sprint, 27th in the 10K and 20th in the 15K.
Also Friday, the Italian Olympic Committee announced that bobsledder William Frullani was expelled from the games after a positive test for a stimulant.