American Gold Drought Ends

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The gold medal drought is over for Team USA. Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the Ice Dancing competition. (Feb. 17)

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Krasnaya Polyana, Russia - February 17, 2014

1. Video of fans walking in the fog

2. Going up on the gondola in the fog

3. Wide of the gondola in the fog

4. Wide of the fog

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Leo Beglet, 26, Olympic spectator from Edinburgh, Scotland:

"Quite surprised but you can understand why, with the weather, it would be quite dangerous, with the speeds and the airtime snowboarders get."

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Sochi, Russia

February 17th, 2014

6. Meryl Davis and Charlie White holding an American flag

7. Davis and White competing

8. Davis and White competing

9. Davis and White competing

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Sochi, Russia

February 18th, 2014

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Meryl Davis/Ice Dancing Gold

"We're just in shock. We're just kind of processing it. We prepared so well to skate the way we did. We prepared so well to put out performances we did and focusing on that we didn't really think beyond that."

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Charlie White/Ice Dancing Gold

"You know we really felt that this season, maybe without saying it we felt that we really had the opportunity to be the complete team and go out there and be able to prove to the world that we were the best and that we deserve to be Olympic champions."

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Sochi, Russia

February 17th, 2014

12. Women's hockey against Sweden

13. Women's hockey against Sweden

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Sochi, Russia

February 18th, 2014

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Anne Schleper/USA Defender

"It's unreal. It actually didn't hit me until we went and talked to our parents and they were like congrats on the medal. You are at least guaranteed a medal. I was like Oh yeah. It seemed kind of surreal. Yeah, I just hope it is the right one. I hope it is gold."

15. SOUNDBITE (English) Kendall Coyne/USA Forward

"It's everything. This is what we came here to play in this game and obviously we are ready for it and we are going to take the next couple of days to make sure we are completely ready."

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Krasnaya Polyana, Russia

February 17, 2014

16. Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton bobsleding

17. Another USA bobsled team cheering on USA1

18. Holcomb and Langton celebrating a bronze medal win

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

FOR MOST OF THE GAMES, WARM WEATHER AND BURNING SUNLIGHT HAVE BEEN THE MENACE.

MONDAY, BEGAN WITH HEAVY FOG…THICK ENOUGH TO FORCE THE CANCELATION OF SNOWBOARD CROSS AND MEN'S BIATHLON.

BOTH EVENTS ARE EXPECTED TO RUN TUESDAY.

SOUNDBITE (English) Leo Beglet, 26, Olympic spectator from Edinburgh, Scotland:

"Quite surprised but you can understand why, with the weather, it would be quite dangerous, with the speeds and the airtime snowboarders get."

DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN, USA'S GOLD MEDAL DROUGHT IS OVER, THE ICE DANCING TEAM OF MERYL DAVIS AND CHARLIE WHITE WON…THEY ARE THE FIRST EVER AMERICANS TO WIN THE EVENT.

DAVIS AND WHITE PREVIOUSLY WON SILVER AT THE VANCOUVER GAMES.

USA WOMEN'S HOCKEY ROUTED SWEDEN 6-1 TO EARN A PLACE IN THE GOLD MEDAL GAME.

THEY ARE GETTING A REMATCH FROM THE 2010 OLYMPIC FINAL WITH CANADA.

SOUNDBITE (English) Anne Schleper/USA Defender

"It's unreal. It actually didn't hit me until we went and talked to our parents and they were like congrats on the medal. You are at least guaranteed a medal. I was like Oh yeah. It seemed kind of surreal. Yeah, I just hope it is the right one. I hope it is gold."

SOUNDBITE (English) Kendall Coyne/USA Forward

"It's everything. This is what we came here to play in this game and obviously we are ready for it and we are going to take the next couple of days to make sure we are completely ready."

TWO MAN AMERICAN BOBSLED TEAM OF STEVEN HOLCOMB AND STEVEN LANGTON SLEDED THEIR WAY TO A BRONZE MEDAL.

BOTH HOLCOMB AND LANGTON COMPETE ON USA'S NUMBER 1 FOUR MAN TEAM…AND WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO EARN ANOTHER MEDAL ON THE LAST DAY OF THE GAMES.

MARK CARLSON , ASSOCIATED PRESS

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