Sochi, Russia AP -- Among the eight gold medalists on Day 3 were: snowboarder Jamie Anderson, the American slopestyle queen who triumphed in her sport's Olympic debut; Irene Wust, who showed why speedskating is Dutch territory; and Russia in team figure skating, likewise an Olympic newcomer, for its first gold in Sochi. Here are some of our favorite photos from Day 3.
In all, 98 gold medals will be awarded over the next 16 days, and five were settled on Day 2.
The Minnesota Orchestra received standing ovations Friday at its first concert since the end of the lockout. The concert was the orchestra's first in Orchestra Hall since its $52 million refurbishment and expansion. Although musicians, administrators and classical music fans are excited that the orchestra is playing again, the effects of the dispute are likely to be felt for a long time. Here is a look at the audience and musicians.
The Winter Olympics are now officially underway. After two days of practice and qualifying, the opening ceremony has taken place in the resort town of Sochi, Russia.
For the first time in nearly five years, the south shore of Lake Superior has frozen enough to allow people to access the ice caves of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
Peyton Manning couldn't cap the greatest season any NFL quarterback ever had or secure his legacy as the best QB in history because his Denver Broncos came down with a case of the yips Sunday night. They lost to Seattle in the Super Bowl 43-8 by falling behind right from the start and never recovering.
Stupor Bowl, a guerrilla bicycle race run on city streets, made its 17th run through Minneapolis on Saturday. 366 racers met at a bicycle shop shortly before the race began to find out the starting point and race route. Racers could visit the 18 checkpoints -- including bike shops, bars and parks -- in any order they chose. The race is fueled by camaraderie -- and beer.
Over the past decade the Minne-Loppet Foundation has helped teach more than 3,000 north Minneapolis elementary students how to ski.
In St. Paul, Minn., the CAAM Chinese Dance Theater honored the New Year with a performance by 51 young dancers. They are performing "Homecoming: A Chinese New Year's Tale," which has been referred to as the Chinese version of the Nutcracker ballet.
For most mortals, running, biking or skiing in a 135 mile race through Minnesota's north woods would seem a daunting enough task. But in the Arrowhead 135 Ultra, the competitors not only brave sub-zero degree temperatures, they crave it.
Thirty mushers and 300 dogs hit the trail Sunday in a rebooted John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon with new, fan-friendly features that organizers hope will help the Minnesota tradition recapture some of its former glory.
The cold weather has been beneficial for the ice conditions on Hole-in-the-Day Bay. Brainerd Jaycees and law enforcement officials found 17 to 19 inches of clear, consistent ice when they measured it last week.