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Wednesday's Olympic competition results

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KUSA- Here is a look at Wednesday's Olympic competition results. Some of these events will air in Wednesday's daytime or primetime programming.

ALPINE MEN'S GIANT SLALOM

Ted Ligety of Park City, Utah got a great lead in the men's giant slalom on Wednesday and he held on to that lead throughout his runs. Ligety became the first American man in Olympic history to win gold in the giant slalom. He is also just the second U.S. skier to win two gold medals. Andrea Mead-Lawrence won gold in slalom and giant slalom in 1952.

In Wednesday's giant slalom, Steve Missillier of France took silver and Alexis Pinturault of France took bronze.

American Bode Miller was 26th in the opening leg of the giant slalom and injured his knee during the run. This may have been his last Olympic appearance because the injury is forcing him to skip the men's slalom this Saturday, which is the last alpine race at the Sochi Olympics.

MEN'S HOCKEY, U.S. vs. CZECH REPUBLIC

The U.S. men's hockey team has advanced to the semifinals after defeating the Czech Republic Wednesday 5-2.

The U.S. will play Canada next on Friday. That will air live at 10 a.m. MST on NBC Sports Network.

MEN'S HOCKEY, CANADA vs. LATVIA

Team Canada moved on to the semifinals in men's hockey by beating Latvia 2-1 Wednesday. It was a scare for the Canadians with that much of a challenge from Latvia but, ultimately, the Canadians pulled out on top.


MEN'S HOCKEY, RUSSIA vs. FINLAND

The men's Russian hockey team got knocked out of the tournament on Wednesday. Finland beat Russia 3-1, delivering a devastating blow to the host country.

The Finns will now face Sweden in Friday's hockey semifinal.

MEN'S HOCKEY, SWEDEN vs. SLOVENIA

Sweden advanced to semifinals Wednesday in men's hockey after a 5-0 win over Slovenia. Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog is playing for his home country Sweden.

WOMEN'S BOBSLED

Team USA grabbed two medals in women's bobsled Wednesday in Sochi. Elana Meyers and former track star Lauryn Williams took silver. They finished just 0.10 seconds behind the gold medal winners Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse of Canada.

Williams is now the fifth Olympian to medal at both a summer and winter event. Williams has gold and silver medals from three Olympic appearances as a track and field sprinter.

The American team that took bronze Wednesday in women's bobsled was Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans. This is the first time that two U.S. sleds have medaled in women's bobsled.

Track star Lolo Jones and her pilot Jazmine Fenlator finished 11th.

FIGURE SKATING, LADIES SHORT PROGRAM

All three U.S. ladies finished in the top seven of the figure skating short program Wednesday. This puts them all in a position to grab a medal Thursday after the free skate.

Gracie Gold finished fourth after the short program, Ashley Wagner is sixth and Polina Edmunds is seventh.

Yuna Kim of South Korea finished in the top spot Wednesday after a nearly flawless performance.  Kim won gold in Vancouver in 2010.


SNOWBOARDING MEN'S GIANT PARALLEL SLALOM

It was a tough day on the slopes for Justin Reiter of Steamboat Springs, Colo. He says he was surprised by the slick conditions at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Wednesday. Reiter finished 24th.

Reiter will get another chance at a medal Saturday. He is scheduled to compete in the snowboard slalom.

Vic Wild of Russia won gold in the parallel giant slalom Wednesday, Nevin Galmarini won silver and Zan Kosir of Slovenia took bronze.

CROSS-COUNTRY MEN'S & WOMEN'S TEAM SPRINTS

Cross-country skiing Wednesday featured both the men's and women's team events. The U.S. women's team, consisting of Kikkan Randall and Sophie Caldwell, finished eighth.

The U.S. men's team of Erik Bjornsen and Simeon Hamilton finished sixth.

LONG TRACK SPEED SKATING, WOMEN'S 5000m

America's speed skating woes continued in Sochi Wednesday with a last-place finish for Maria Lamb in the women's 5,000m.

After the race, Lamb spoke to reporters blaming the leaders of U.S. speed skating, instead of the speed skating uniforms.

"The high-performance staff, I think, has failed us terribly as a whole," Lamb said. "I mean, I know you're aware of the skin suit issue, honestly, it's the tip of the iceberg."

BIATHLON MIXED RELAY

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen of Norway is the most decorated winter Olympian, winning his 13th medal Wednesday in Sochi. He and his team won gold in the biathlon mixed relay.

The U.S. team finished ninth in this event.

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