Despite Hockey Loss, Russia Now Leads in Sochi Medal Count

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The big news on Day 8 of the Olympics might have been the American win on the ice, but Russia jumped to the front of the medal count. As we noted earlier, the Russian loss in an shootout to the American team stung for symbolic reasons, the match itself wasn't an elimination game

By the end of the Day 8, however, the Russians found themselves on top of the world after scoring gold and silver in the 1000-meter short track speedskating race. Viktor Ahn, who took the gold medal, previously won four medals for South Korea in Turin in 2006 before defecting to adopting Russia as his new homeland. Russia also won gold after Alexander Tretjyakov skeletoned his way into the top spot on the podium. (The U.S. got its first medal in the men's skeleton since 2002.)

Here's how the things are looking now:

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Sweden's Charlotte Kalla became the first athlete in Sochi to net three medals after pulling off a dramatic come-from-behind victory in the women's cross-country relay. She is now responsible, in part, for more than one-third of Sweden's medals.

Watch her steal the race at the end and be sure to crank up the play-by-play.

Two gold medals went to Poland in the 1500-meter men's speedskate and the men's large hill ski jump. Anna Fenninger of Austria won the women's Super-G Alpine skiing race and Zhou Yang of China won the 1500-meter women's short track speedskating.

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