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Updated: February 12, 2014 9:10PM

Goalie Jonathan Quick was sitting and stretching before practice Wednesday when Team USA coach Dan Bylsma skated toward him. Bylsma leaned over and told him he was starting against Slovakia in the team’s Olympic opener Thursday.

‘‘I’m fortunate for the opportunity,’’ Quick said. ‘‘And I’ll just try to make the most of it.’’

Bylsma declined to say who will be Team USA’s goalie for the other preliminary-round games, including a key matchup Saturday against host Russia.

‘‘We have plans for Game 1,’’ Bylsma said after practice. ‘‘We’re dealing with a position of strength when it comes to the goaltender

Quick is getting the nod instead of

Ryan Miller and Jimmy Howard . Miller helped Team USA win the silver medal and was the most valuable player of the hockey tournament at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, where Quick was the No. 3 goalie.

‘‘He’s a great goalie, and he’s
going to do great for us,’’ Miller said. ‘‘We’ll see where it goes from here, and I’ll be ready to play.’’

In other goalie news, Team
Canada coach Mike Babcock chose Carey Price to start over Roberto Luongo on Thursday against


Women’s downhill ends in tie

For the first time in Olympic history, an Alpine skiing race ended
in a tie.

Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland both sped down the Rosa Khutor course in 1 minute, 41.57 seconds to share the gold medal in the women’s downhill. A few moments later, the good friends held hands as they stepped up to the top of the podium.

‘‘I’m sure glad I’m going to share this gold with Tina,’’ Gisin said. ‘‘She’s such a great woman and one of the greatest athletes of our sport.’’

‘‘It’s something special,’’ Maze said. ‘‘It’s even more interesting
because it’s not a usual thing.’’

Lara Gut of Switzerland earned bronze, .10 seconds behind the


U.S. golden in women’s halfpipe

Kaitlyn Farrington of the United States won the gold medal in the women’s halfpipe finals, edging Torah Bright of Australia and U.S. teammate Kelly Clark.

Farrington posted a score of 91.75 during her second run, just good enough to beat Bright’s 91.50. Clark, who smacked the wall during her first run of the finals, recovered to earn bronze and win her third Olympic medal. Bright had won the gold in the 2010 Vancouver Games, and Clark had won the gold in the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

‘‘We’re the gold-medal club,’’ Clark said of the podium finishers. ‘‘We’ve all got one of these [a gold medal] now. Well done, ladies.’’


Two jumpers hurt in practice

Kamil Stoch of Poland and Mikhail Maksimochkin of Russia crashed on their landings while training for the individual large-hill event.

Stoch, who won a gold medal in the normal-hill event Sunday, was the last jumper of the session when he fell. He was attended to by medical staff and suffered a bloody nose but walked off the hill after having a brace put onto his left arm.

Earlier, paramedics immobilized Maksimochkin with a neck and back brace and strapped him down on a stretcher before taking him away in an ambulance. Officials said Maksimochkin didn’t suffer any serious injuries but would
remain in the hospital overnight.

Sun-Times wires

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