Sochi 2014 Olympic results for Thursday in men's skicross, women's ice hockey, figure skating, more

SOCHI, Russia - Spoiler alert! See who won medals in Thursday's Olympic competitions in Sochi.

-- Team US takes silver in women's hockey

In a heartbreaking overtime defeat, Team USA settled for silver in Women's Hockey. They lost 3-2 to the Canadian team.

It was Canada's fourth consecutive gold medal in women's hockey.

-- Bowman of US claims gold in women's ski halfpipe

Maddie Bowman of the United States won the first-ever gold in women's Olympic halfpipe skiing.

The 20-year-old Bowman scored 89.00 in the finals on Thursday night to edge Marie Martinod of France. Ayana Onozuka of Japan earned the bronze.

Bowman strung together a series of spins and tricks to give the U.S. a sixth gold medal at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. With her braid spinning in the chilly night air, Bowman's performance was just good enough.

Martinod retired in 2007 but returned to the sport in 2012 at the urging of late Canadian freestyle skiing icon Sarah Burke.

Burke, a leading advocate to have women's halfpipe skiing added to the Olympic program, died after a training accident in 2012.

American Brita Sigourney took 6th, American Annalisa Drew took 9th, and American Angeli Vanlaanen took 11th.

-- Russian Sotnikova wins gold, Kim 2nd in women's figure skating

Adelina Sotnikova gave Russia its first Olympic gold medal in women's figure skating with a stunning upset of defending champion Yuna Kim of South Korea on Thursday at the Sochi Games.

Sotnikova was considered the host nation's No. 2 skater behind Julia Lipnitskaia, but she soared when her teammate struggled.

Kim got silver, followed by Carolina Kostner of Italy for bronze. Kim was trying to be the first repeat winner of the women's gold since Katarina Witt in 1988.

Lipnitskaia was fifth.

Americans Gracie Gold finished fourth, Ashley Wagner seventh and Polina Edmunds ninth.

-- Switzerland celebrates bronze in women's hockey

The way the Switzerland women's hockey team was celebrating their victory, and the way the Swedes were crestfallen in defeat, you would have thought that the two teams were playing in the Olympic gold medal game.

The Canadians and Americans are so dominant in the sport that the bronze medal, which Switzerland earned with the 4-3 victory on Thursday, is pretty much considered the championship of the rest of the world. There has been a lot of talk in Sochi about the lack of parity in women's hockey. The two North American powers have played for the gold medal in four of the five Winter Olympics, leading some to opine that it was time for the sport to be dropped from the games.  

But the IOC has been firmly in the sport's corner, and Switzerland's wild celebration of the bronze showed that the rest of the field can still have a great time, even if they're only playing for third place.

As the final horn sounded, the red-shirted Swiss stormed the ice and piled onto one another like a baseball team winning the World Series. Some mimicked making snow angels on the ice, goalie Florence Schelling leaped into her teammates' arms and they all gathered for a big group photo.

On the other side, the Swedes were devastated. Anna Borgqvist was frozen on the bench while he hanged her head and Valentina Wallner was shedding tears as she skated off the ice.

-- Canada wins gold in women's Olympic curling

Canada won the gold medal in women's Olympic curling Thursday, beating Sweden 6-3 and avenging a loss to the Swedes in the final at the Vancouver Games in 2010.

The Canadians broke up a scrappy, error-strewn game with two steal points in the ninth to go ahead 6-3 ahead and then defended out the 10th end.

It's the first gold for Canada's women curlers in what has been the country's second most popular sport since 1998, when curling returned to the Olympic program. The Canadian men's team has won gold at the last two Olympics.

Britain beat Switzerland 6-5 earlier Thursday to win the bronze medal.

-- Norway takes gold in Nordic combined

Cross-country ski specialist Magnus Moan made up a 25-second deficit on the first leg and Norway outdueled Germany and defending champion Austria to win Olympic gold in the Nordic combined team event Thursday.

Final-leg skier Joergen Graabak, who won gold on Tuesday in the individual large hill event, outsprinted German rival Fabian Riessle in the final 100 meters to give Norway the victory by three-tenths of a second.

Two-time defending champion Austria took the bronze, 3.4 seconds behind.

Germany took an early lead when all four of its competitors, including normal hill gold medalist Eric Frenzel, jumped 125 meters or better -- the only team to do so.

Norway finished the 4x5-kilometer cross-country relay in 47 minutes, 13.5 seconds.

Team USA came in 8th after finishing in 47 minutes, 43.1 seconds. Coloradan Todd Lodwick, 37, said that was his last ski jump, Martha Bellisle with RJG reported

An injury apparently kept Lodwick from fully competing in the Nordic combined Wednesday.

Lodwick suffered a shoulder injury in a ski-jumping crash in late December.

-- France sweeps skicross

Jean Frederic Chapuis led France's first medals sweep in Winter Olympics history by taking gold in skicross, while Arnaud Bovolenta won silver and Jonathan Midol captured bronze.

The three quickly bolted ahead of the fourth finalist in Thursday's race, Canada's Brady Lehman. Lehman briefly passed Midol for the third position but wiped out two-thirds of the way down the mountain, meaning the French only had to stay upright to make history.

They came to the line single-file, with Midol falling just before the stripe and crossing on his backside.

The French have mastered this course.

Earlier in the week, Pierre Vaultier won men's snowboardcross to give his country its first Olympic victory in that sport's version of side-by-side racing.

Team USA's John Teller came in 28th overall in the skicross.

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