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Two races, two medals. BodeMiller is putting together one heck of a Vancouver Olympics.

Miller picked up a silver in the super-G Friday to go with thebronze he won in the downhill.

Andrew Weibrecht surprisingly finished right behind Miller,plopping another medal onto the United States' growing pile.

The U.S. Alpine team already has won six medals, their mostever, and we're not even halfway done in the mountains.

"Our kids love to compete in the big show," said Bill Marolt,head of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

Overall, the U.S. delegation has won 20 medals, nearly matchingits total from Turin (25). With 52 events and nine days left, theAmericans are charging toward their record of 34 medals won at theSalt Lake City Games in 2002.

"Part of it might be that we are on North American soil," saidWeibrecht, who'd never finished higher than 10th in a World Cuprace. "(We) get better results when we're at home, or close tohome, better food and lodgings."

With six gold, six silver and eight bronze, the Americans havepractically lapped the field. Germany is second in overall medalswith 13.

Norway has the second-most golds with five, boosted by victoriesin the first two events decided Friday. Aksel Lund Svindal won thesuper-G and Marit Bjoergen won the women's 15-kilometer pursuit.Bjoergen also became the first winner of multiple gold medals inVancouver and the first with three medals.

Amy Williams won the women's skeleton to give Britain anindividual gold medalist at the Winter Games for the first timesince figure skater Robin Cousins at Lake Placid in 1980. That is,if it holds up. Canada filed a protest over Williams' aerodynamichelmet. It's the second such complaint in as many days, withanother filed by the Americans rejected Thursday.

The day's final event was the men's skeleton, won by Canada'sJon Montgomery. It's the fourth gold for the hosts.

In nonmedal action, the winless U.S. men's and women's curlingteams responded to the arrival of their honorary captain - SanFrancisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis - by winning for the firsttime, and a halfpipe medalist headed home sooner than he'd planned.

Scotty Lago volunteered to leave the Olympics after risquepictures of him wearing a Team USA T-shirt and his bronze medalshowed up on the Internet. The U.S. Olympics Committee putsathletes through a program to avoid such situations. Lagoapologized to the USOC and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

Saturday could be another big day for the Americans with ApoloAnton Ohno, Shani Davis and Lindsey Vonn all in action.

Vonn stayed off her skis Friday to give her bruised right shinmore time to heal and it "definitely helped," according to herhusband, Thomas.



When Miller took bronze in the downhill, he was all smiles atthe end of the race. He looked worn out this time.

Miller let out a big breath of air and quickly shook his head.Then he leaned forward, resting his helmet on forearms still lockedatop his poles. Once his lungs stopped burning, he took out hismouthpiece and gave a little fist pump.

"I was lucky today," he said. "I could just as easily beenfifth or sixth."

With his fourth career medal, Miller regained the title of mostdecorated American Alpine skier, a day after Julia Mancuso tied himfor that honor. (The title could keep changing hands with the men'ssuper combined and slalom still to come; Mancuso has two eventsleft and Lindsey Vonn has three.) Also, this is the first time twoAmerican men got medals in the same Alpine event since brothersPhil and Steve Mahre went 1-2 in slalom at the 1984 Sarajevo Games.

Weibrecht found himself in first place after his run, somethingthat had never happened before. He said he "refused to believeuntil the race was over that I was in with a medal."

"I've been knocking on the door all year," Weibrecht said."To come out here and do it just feels unbelievable."

Svindal made it four golds for Norwegians in the seven timesthis race has been part of the Olympic program.

The race was marred by more horrific wipeouts. The most seriousleft 40-year-old Patrik Jaerbyn with a concussion and bloody face.The Swedish team physician said Jaerbyn was spending the night inthe hospital.



While the cheers from Davis were nice, the difference-maker forthe men's team may have been a change in skips (team captain).

After an 0-4 start, out went 2006 bronze medalist John Shusterand in came alternate Chris Plys, with vice skip Jason Smiththrowing the last rock. The result was a 4-3 victory over France,which came in with only one win.

The women were 0-3 until skip Debbie McCormick bumped out aRussian stone with her last rock, giving the U.S. a 6-4 victory -its first after an 0-3 start that had put her stewardship injeopardy, too.



Americans were oh-so-close to a pair of medals.

Noelle Pikus-Pace, the 2007 world champion, finished third inthe women's event, just 0.10 seconds from bronze.

Zach Lund, who was kicked out of the last Olympics because abanned substance was in a hair-restoration product he took, wasfifth, 0.52 from a medal.



The Czech Republic and Sweden joined the United States as theonly 2-0 teams so far.

Jaromir Jagr and Tomas Plekanec helped the Czechs take a 3-0lead over Latvia before even allowing a shot, then rode the bigstart to a 5-2 victory.

The Swedes also led 3-0, facing a Belarus team that upset themfour years ago. Belarus got within a goal with 5:10 remaining, butSweden held off, even getting another goal with 10.4 seconds leftto make the final score 4-2.

"I think we got a little scared in the end," said Swedishforward Peter Forsberg, a holdover from 2002.



World champions Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin of Russia wonthe compulsory portion of ice dance, the first of three legs of theevent. The original dance will be Sunday and free dance Mondaynight.

Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are second and two-timeAmerican champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White are third, justahead of fellow Americans Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto, the2006 silver medalists.



Two Swiss competitors have withdrawn from events following scarycrashes, including a strong medal contender.

Swiss driver Daniel Schmid, who was not a medal favorite, pulledout of the two-man and four-man bob for "safety reasons" aftertwo practice crashes. On Friday, his sled overturned duringtraining and his brakeman was taken from the track in an ambulance,then flown to Vancouver for observation. A team doctor said therewere no serious injuries.

Beat Hefti, a World Cup champion, withdrew from two-man becauseof a concussion in a crash Wednesday. He hasn't decided whether torace in the four-man, which starts next Friday.



Normal hill winner Simon Ammann of Switzerland can keep usingthe modified bindings that anchor his boots to his skis.

He can keep his gold medal, too.

The International Ski Federation dismissed complaints by theAustrians that Ammann was breaking the rules, and gave himpermission to stick with the equipment for Saturday's large hillevent.



Having already won two halfpipe gold medals, Shaun White wouldlove the chance to double his collection at the 2014 Olympics.

White said he'd consider competing in halfpipe and slopestyle ifthat event was added to the mix for the Sochi Games.

In slopestyle, riders do huge tricks while going down themountain and through "features" - rails, big jumps and bumps. Atski resorts, slopestyle is widely thought of as an easier way foramateur snowboarders to do cool tricks than on a halfpipe.

White likes the idea of being in the spotlight a little longer.Odds are NBC would like to have him around more, too.

"It's a strange thing going to the Olympics, where so manypeople have four, five events and we just have the one big night,"he said.



On his first day as an Olympic champion, Evan Lysacek said he'snot even thinking about retirement.

Defending his world championship next month in Turin? Well,that's still to be determined.

The 24-year-old American also said he was a "littledisappointed" his long program was criticized by silver medalistand reigning champion Evgeni Plushenko. He added that Plushenkocongratulated him with "a strong handshake."



Bjoergen pulled away midway through the freestyle portion of therace and was never threatened the rest of the way.

Anna Haag of Sweden won a three-way sprint for the silver, withfavorite Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland getting bronze in a photofinish.

Morgan Arritola was the top American, finishing 38th.

Also, Slovenia's Petra Majdic is done for a while. Doctorsdiscovered four broken ribs and a collapsed lung, all sustainedbefore winning the bronze in the individual classical sprint. Shewas among the favorites for the 30K classical race.



Yes, even at the Olympics, folks took a break to watch TigerWoods talk Friday.

Snowboarder Shaun White says people will soon realize Woods mademistakes but isn't such a bad guy. Figure skater Evan Lysacekthinks Woods' remarks offer a teaching moment on how to handleone's self. Skier Julia Mancuso questioned his sincerity onTwitter: "come on Tiger! give us some reality here."



Bidding for the ultimate Vancouver Olympics souvenir - the siteof the Alpine events, and other assets of resort operator Intrawest- has been delayed until next Friday.

The auction was supposed to be Friday. But creditors pushed itback, hoping to reach a last minute deal. Creditors are trying torecoup hundreds of millions of dollars in loans to the company'sowner, New York hedge fund Fortress.

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