Men's ski slopestyle gold medal winner Joss Christensen of the United States, center, celebrates on the podium with his teammates Gus Kenworthy, left, silver, and Nicholas Goepper, bronze, right, during a flower ceremony at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Andy Wong)
As Sochi continued to bask in 60-degree temperatures, Team USA showed their prowess on the Olympic slopes to rise in the medal count. The men’s slopestyle skiing team swept the podium, and the men’s hockey team slammed Slovakia 7-1 in its debut.
NBC4’s Whit Johnson caught up with gold medalist Kaitlyn Farr and went behind the scenes to watch short-track speed skater J.R. Celski prepare for competition. American Gus Kenworthy won the hearts of fans everywhere with a warm gesture, and the day’s big shocker came from Yevgeny Plushenko, the only modern-era figure skater to win medals in four Olympics, when he announced his retirement.