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Canada, Germany strike winter gold, Russia basks in skating glory

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SOCHI, Russia — Canada and Germany added to their gold medal hauls at the Winter Olympics on Monday, while Russia basked in the afterglow of its first title of the Games after the team figure skating victory captivated the host nation.

The inaugural team event, decided at a packed Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi on Sunday, was a personal triumph for President Vladimir Putin, who has staked his reputation on staging a successful Games.

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