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Winter Olympics Day 11: Belarus has big day (w/video)

  • Belarus' Darya Domracheva celebrates winning the gold medal in the women's biathlon 12.5k mass-start, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

SOCHI, Russia — It was Belarus day Monday at the Sochi Olympics.

A Belarussian woman made Olympic history by becoming the first female ever to win three biathlon titles at the same games, and one of her teammates captured the men's freestyle skiing aerials competition to complete a gold-medal sweep on the event.

Anton Kushnir nailed a near-perfect landing after a "back double full-full-double full" jump — five twists packed into three head-over-heels flips while soaring 50 feet off the ramp and into the night sky.

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"It was the best jump I've ever witnessed in person," said 18-year-old American Mac Bohonnon, who finished fifth.

Darya Domracheva won her third biathlon title when she left a field of elite racers far behind to capture gold in the 12.5-kilometer mass start. As she neared the finish line, she waved her right pole above her head in celebration.

"Maybe it's strange, but I don't feel like I've done something special," Domracheva said. "I just tried to enjoy myself and I did my race with a laugh. But for sure, it's amazing."

The race was in doubt earlier as dense fog forced postponement of the men's mass start race and the men's snowboardcross competition. It lifted just in time for the women's race and Domracheva's history-making performance.

Indoors, American pair Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the gold in figure skating's ice dance, finishing just ahead of longtime training partners and rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada. It was the first Olympic title in the event for the United states.

On Day 11 at the Sochi Olympics, Russia won the two-man bobsled for its fifth gold medal of the games; the U.S. and Canada advanced to the championship game of the women's ice hockey tournament; and Germany won the men's team ski jumping gold, raising its games-leading total to eight.

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