Germany leads in the medal count following 5th day of Winter Games.
SOCHI, Russia - The fifth day of competition at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics was dominated by German athletes as they added to their medal count with eight medals in several of the day’s competitions.
On Wednesday, German athletes put their country to the top of the medal ranking, pushing their gold-medal tally to six.
In a luge doubles race that featured a pair of medal-winning sibling couples, Germany's Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won the gold with a total time of 1:38.933.
Austria's Linger brothers, Andreas and Wolfgang, claimed the silver while Latvia's Juris and Andris Sics took the bronze, their second medal as a duo after finishing second in the 2010 Games.
Russian duo Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov came in first on Wednesday to win their second gold medal in pairs figure skating.
Germany's four-time figure skating world champions Alyona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy clinched bronze for the second straight Olympics with an overall score of 215.78.
In the Nordic combined event, Eric Frenzel won Germany's fifth gold by posting the longest jump of the day in an event that combines ski jumping with a 10 km (6.2 mile) cross-country ski race.
Japan's Akito Watabe took home silver for his first Olympic medal and Norway's Magnus Krog took bronze after closing to within 8.1 seconds of Frenzel.
In women's alpine skiing, Slovenia's Tina Maze and Switzerland's Dominique Gisin tied for first to earn gold. Swiss skier Lara Gut finished only 0.1 seconds behind Gisin and Maze to take the bronze medal.
US snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington won the gold in women's snowboard halfpipe on Wednesday, while Torah Bright of Australia took the silver and American Kelly Clark earned bronze.
In one of the day's most anticipated events, the men's ice hockey competition got underway with Sweden defeating the Czech Republic 4-2.
Medal count after February 12:
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