(Salt Lake City-AP) -- On a day when there were calls for an investigation of the judging in figure skating, the men's short program is under way. The United States collected three more medals on the fourth full day of competition in Salt Lake -- a gold, a silver and a bronze.
Casey FitzRandolph has become the first American since Eric Heiden in 1980 to win gold in men's 500-meter speedskating. He was clocked in 69-point-23 seconds edging Japan's Hiroyasu Shimizu by three-hundredths of a second. FitzRandolph's teammate Kip Carpenter took home the bronze. FitzRandolph was sixth in Nagano four years ago.
Travis Mayer gave the U-S its second medal in moguls competition. He grabbed the silver finishing second to Finland's Janne Lahtela Richard Gay of France won the bronze. American Jonny Moseley finished fourth despite nailing his patented Dinner Roll jump.
Picabo (PEEK-uh-boo) Street came in 16th place in her Olympic finale, finishing behind two U-S teammates in the women's downhill. France's Carole Montillet pulled off the shocker winning the gold. Italy's Isolde won the silver and Austria's Renate Goetschl settled for the bronze. The 28-year-old Montillet had never won a World Cup downhill. The race had been postponed Monday by high winds and delayed by two hours today. The best American finishers were Jonna Mendes in 11th place. Kirsten Clark in 12th.
The men's short program has begun in figure skating. American Michael Weiss was the first to skate and still holds the early lead. The field includes the favored Russians Evgeny Plushenko and Alexei Yagudin who have yet to take the ice. Other American hopefuls are Todd Eldredge and Timothy Goebel. Meanwhile, Canada's Olympic delegation is calling for investigation into the controversial judging that gave the Russians the pairs gold medal last night over the Canadian team.
Karen (KAHR'-ihn) Bye had two goals and two assists as the United States women's hockey team routed Germany 10-to-0. The Americans outshot the Germans 57-to-8 and beat them for the sixth straight time. The next preliminary round game for the Americans is Thursday against China. In the other women's game Finland beat China 4-0. There's a huge game on the men's side tonight as Germany skates against Latvia. The winner moves on to the final round. Austria beat Slovakia 3-to-2.
It's shaping up to be a German sweep in the women's singles luge. After the first two heats, two-time defending World Champion Sylke Otto leads teammates Barbara Niedernhuber and Silke Kraushaar. Otto was third after her first run but broke the track record on her second trip down finishing in 43-point-oh-76 seconds. American Becky Wilczak is fourth but her time is more than a half-second behind which means she's all but out of medal contention.
American Alan Alborn has reached the finals of the 120-meter ski jump. He finished eighth in qualifying after soaring 119 and a-half meters on his home mountain in Park City. Clint Jones was the only other American to qualify. Poland's Adam Malysz, who won the bronze in the 90-meters, leads with a jump of 123 and a-half meters.
The United States women rallied to beat Japan 8-to-7 after scoring twice in the tenth and final end. They're about to play Sweden in their second match of the day.
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