Feb 19, 2010 9:42 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

USA Olympic Medals

Gold: 6     Silver: 5     Bronze: 7

The United States continues to lead the medal count at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver with 18 overall. Germany is in second place with 11, followed by Norway with 8. Host country Canada is tied with France for fourth place with 7 medals each.

There are just four medal events on the Vancouver Olympic schedule today, and they're all being held at Whistler.

First up is the men's Super G. It's a little shorter and has more turns than the downhill, but longer and faster than the giant slalom. Bode Miller will be looking for his second medal of these games. Four years ago in Turin, he clipped a gate in the Super G and failed to finish the event.

In cross-country skiing, the women compete in the 15 kilometer pursuit. They'll ski half the course using the straight-ahead classic technique, then switch to shorter skis for the free technique in which they can push with their edges as skaters do.

Finally, at the Whistler Sliding Center, both the women and the men will complete the skeleton. Think headfirst sled riding.

Weather forecasts look good, if a tad warm. After a cold night, skies should be clear with highs in the low 40s.



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