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Fast Five: Olympics Saturday edition

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  • Gold medallist Poland's Zbigniew Brodka holds his national flag and celebrates after the men's 1,500-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.

      Gold medallist Poland's Zbigniew Brodka holds his national flag and celebrates after the men's 1,500-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.
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SOCHI, Russia -- Fast Five, Saturday edition: Five things you'll want to know about the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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USA BEATS RUSSIA IN SHOOTOUT: With Russian President Vladimir Putin watching, the United States beat Russia in a preliminary round men's hockey game in a shootout. T.J. Oshie of the St. Louis Blues hit the game-winner in a match that electrified Olympic Park and lit up Twitter and other social networks.

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SKIER HURT: Russian skicross racer Maria Komissarova sustained a broken and dislocated spine in Olympic training Saturday and was taken to a nearby hospital for surgery. The Russian freestyle federation said in a statement that the 23-year-old skier would not compete next week after having emergency surgery.

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SWEDEN WINS FIRST GOLD: Charlotte Kalla erased a massive deficit of 25 seconds on the last leg of a women's cross-country relay to win the race. It's the first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics for Sweden.

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DOWN TO THE THOUSANDTH: Poland won its first gold medal in Sochi thanks to three thousandths of a second. Zbigniew Brodka won the men's 1,500 meters, the tightest finish in that race in Olympic history.

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MIDWAY POINT: The Olympics was reaching its midpoint Saturday with seven gold medals to be awarded. Switzerland picked up two golds and a silver in six competitions Friday to be the biggest medal mover of the day. Right behind it was Belarus, which won two golds and a bronze.

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