United States Wins Some Medals, But Trails in 2014 Winter Paralympic Medal Count

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Competition in the 20-14 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi kicked off over the weekend.

And, Team USA made its mark, and earned some medals in several event

Allison Jones won the bronze medal in the standing version of the downhill in alpine skiing, with a time just over 1:34. France and Russia claimed the gold and silver in that event respectively.

And, in the sitting downhill, Team USA claimed the silver and bronze, with American Alana Nichols, who attended graduate school at the university of Alabama, just barely losing out on the Gold Medal to a skier from Germany.

Meanwhile, Team USA has also gotten off to a great start in ice sled hockey! The red, white and blue beat Italy in their first game 5-1 thanks in part to two goals from fifteen year old Brody Roybal. In their second game, USA beat South Korea in a 3-0. They play Russia tomorrow.

And, after opening with a pair of losses, the wheelchair curling team for the United States scored its first victory on Sunday, beating Norway 8-to-5. They're playing against Canada and Russia Monday.

The current medal count shows Russia currently dominates the standings with five gold medals, followed by Ukraine and then Japan, although the United States has five medals, including the nation’s first in cross country Paralympics competition in 20 years, there are no golds, yet at least! There's still plenty of competition to go through March 16th.

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