South Koreans protest figure skating results; Americans, Russians lead medal count

SOCHI, Russia - The 2014 Sochi Olympics continued late Friday night with events carrying into Saturday morning, while most in the U.S. were sleeping. Sochi is nine hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Here’s what fans may have missed:

South Koreans protest figure skating results
The controversy surrounding women’s figure skating continued in the early morning hours in Sochi with South Korea making its frustration with the results of the women’s competition official. South Korean officials sent a letter of protest -- one the International Skating Union hadn’t yet received early Saturday morning -- after Russian teenager Adelina Sotnikova was awarded the gold medal and South Korea’s defending world champion Kim Yu-Na took the silver. The ISU released a statement on Friday, writing that it “is confident in the high quality and integrity of the ISU judging system." But many in the sport were both shocked and concerned when Stonikova’s scores were better than Yu-Na’s.

Norway earns cross country sweep
The Norwegians had an outstanding morning on the cross country ski course, sweeping the medal stand in the women’s 30 kilometer freestyle with Marit Bjoergen winning gold in a time of 1:11:05.2. Teammate Therese Johaug was next in a time of 1:11:07.8 and Kristin Stormer Steira took the bronze in 1:11:28.8.

Americans, Russians still on top of medal count
The cross country sweep helped Norway close the gap a bit on the United States and host Russia in the overall medal count heading into the final weekend of the Games, but the U.S. and Russians still led with 27 total medals compared to 25 for the Norwegians. Russia has the edge with 10 gold while Team USA has been to the top of the podium nine times. Norway leads all nations with 11 gold medals.. Canada isn’t far behind with 24 total medals — nine of them gold. 

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