Winter Olympics Sochi 2014

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Sochi Olympics Day 2: What You Missed

Sunday, Feb 9, 2014  |  Updated 6:30 PM CDT
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Gold For Gold? Gracie Talks Headlines

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Gracie Gold of the United States competes in the women's team free skate figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

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Gold For Gold? Gracie Talks Headlines

U.S. Figure Skater Gracie Gold says reporters always use her last name in pun headlines. She says she has heard almost every imaginable variation like Will Gold Win Gold in Sochi?
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Sunday was an eventful day for local Olympians in Sochi.

With a medal on the line in the team figure skating competition and women's 3,000-meter speed skating, a handful of local talent hit the tracks, and the ice, Sunday.

Here's what you missed Sunday:

Speed Skating

Jilleanne Rookard of Woodhaven, Mich. was the highest-finishing American. She took 10th out of 28 skaters in 4:10.02. Anna Ringsred of Duluth, Minn., was 27th. Dutch skater Ireen Wust claimed another gold medal eight years after winning her first in Turin. The silver went to 2010 gold medalist Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic and Russia's own Olga Graf took the bronze in what may have marked the event's biggest surprise.

Figure Skating

Chicago-native Gracie Gold delivered a solid technical routine in her Olympic debut during Sunday’s free skate, scoring a personal best 129.38 and helping the U.S. clinch the bronze medal.

The 18-year-old star hit all of her jumps in a poised routine that made her look as if she was ready to shoulder all the medal hopes that America has heaped on her.

Michigan-based duo Meryl Davis and Charlie White easily won the final program of the team competition, the ice dance free skate, with a score of 114.34, their personal best. In second were their closest friends and rivals, Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Russians Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov finished third with 103.48.

Highland Park-native Jason Brown also made his Olympic debut Sunday. He was inserted as a replacement for fellow local competitor Jeremy Abbott, who stumbled in Friday's short program.

After a minor stumble in his routine, Brown finished fourth with a score of 153.67.

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