SOCHI, Russia - The 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia are in a time zone nine hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. The following are highlights of what those sleeping may have missed Sunday morning:
-- Russia wins its first medal
Host Russia won its first medal of the 2014 Sochi Games, with Olga Graf taking bronze in the women's 3,000-meter speedskating final. Russia's best chance for its first gold, perhaps, comes in the newly-created team figure skating competition on Sunday night. Russia held a big lead after the short programs and the men, women and ice dancing pairs skate their long programs.
-- US slopestyle sweep
"Even though it's just another competition, the stage and the outreach that this event connects to is out of control," snowboarder Jamie Anderson said after completing an American gold sweep in slopestyle. Sage Kotsenburg won on the men's side. Before showcasing her skills, Anderson said she enjoyed a brief "Zen" moment at the top of the course.
-- Bode's disappointment
Bode Miller was king of the Sochi slopes in training, blazing to two of the three fastest times last week in practice during the men's downhill and setting himself up as a favorite heading into Sunday's final. But the 36-year-old wasn't the same guy with a medal on the line. The most decorated American skier in Olympic history slogged to an eighth place finish, far out of medal contention.
-- 3 speedskating gold medals in a row
Ireen Wust from Netherlands claimed a speedskating gold medal at her third straight Winter Olympics, knocking off defending champion Martina Sablikova in the 3,000 meters Sunday. That made the Netherlands 2-for-2 at Adler Arena, the world's dominant speedskating nation living up to his billing through the first weekend in Sochi.
-- Loch's run
Germany's Felix Loch was attempting to become the third man to successfully to defend the Olympic title in luge, with the second half of competition Sunday night. Germany's Georg Hackl won three straight golds from 1992 through 1998, while Italy's Armin Zoeggeler went back-to-back in 2002 and 2006.
-- Kuzimina wins second women's biathlon
Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia defended her Olympic title in the women's biathlon 7.5K sprint.
-- Switzerland picks up cross country gold
Swiss skier Dario Cologna gave his homeland its first medal of the Games, taking the 2x15 KM skiathlon gold, crossing the finish line 0.4 seconds ahead of Sweden’s Marcus Hellner. Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby got the bronze while host Russia just missed adding to its medal count with Maxim Vylegzhanin and Illa Chernousov finishing fourth and fifth.
-- So far, Norway winning medal count
The Norwegians, tied with the United States for the lead with two golds, have racked up six total medals to lead all nations. Team USA, Canada and The Netherlands all have three total medals.
-- Drug testing controversy
As team figure skating continues today, Canadians aren’t happy with the way drug tests have been handled. According to CBC, Canadian officials think their athletes have been subjected to too many tests with seven of 17 skaters tested so far. Canada’s high performance director Mike Slipchuk told the network he’s “never seen anyone tested before on the day of a competition,” but Kaetlyn Osmond was subject to a test just hours before taking the ice for her short program. Canada heads into the final day of the event in silver medal position, but face a stiff challenge in catching the host Russians, who lead the event by six points.
-- Ukraine bid
Officials spearheading Lviv's campaign for the 2022 Winter Olympics say the political crisis at home has not deterred their effort to secure the games. Acting Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Vilkul was peppered with questions about the anti-government demonstrations that have gripped the country for months. Vikul says the Olympics "are above politics" and a winning bid could help unite the country.