Russia wins first medal in Sochi

Updated: February 9, 2014, 2:32 PM ET
Associated Press

SOCHI, Russia -- The race went perfectly for Olga Graf.

The celebration nearly turned embarrassing.

Graf gave the host nation a reason to cheer Sunday, winning Russia's first medal when she took a surprising bronze in the women's 3,000 meters.

It earned her a note of praise from President Vladimir Putin.

"You brought an unforgettable moment of triumph and utter joy to millions of fans by taking the first medal for our team," he said.

When Graf's time flashed ...

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