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Tuesday Feb. 11, 2014 12:57 ET

5 Olympic things you missed last night

What went down in Sochi while you were sleeping

Dara Howell reacts in the finish area upon winning gold
Canada's Dara Howell reacts in the finish area, wins gold, during the women's freestyle skiing slopestyle finals. (Mike Blake/Reuters)
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Canadian athletes continued their impressive run in Sochi last night. Here's a few things you may have missed since you last checked in:

Another gold for Canada

Canada's Dara Howell won the gold medal and Kim Lamarre took bronze in the women's ski slopestyle event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi on Tuesday.

 "There are a number of really good girls out there and I came out on top," the 19-year-old Huntsville, Ont. native said. "This is the best moment in my entire life."

Her Canadian teammate Kim Lamarre took the bronze, but two other Canadians didn't fare so well. Yuki Tsubota crashed hard and came in sixth place with a jaw injury. And reigning world champion Kaya Turski of Canada crashed in both runs of the qualification round and failed to advance to the medal stage.

The medals bring Canada's total to nine in these Games, enough to head up the medals table.

Curlers start strong

Canada's women's curling rink led by Jennifer Jones went to 2-0 after a two dominant wins over China and Sweden. The men's side, skipped by Brad Jacobs have started out 1-2 after having lost their third game 7-6 to Sweden.

Both rinks will play nine games before the medal round starts in about a week, so it's still early days.

Harvey advances in X-country 

Canada’s Alex Harvey advanced comfortably for the quarter-finals of the men’s cross-country sprint at the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday, qualifying in 19th place.

Harvey was Canada’s best medal hope in the event and none of his Canadian teammates are joining him in the next round. Devon Kershaw, Jesse Cockney and Len Valjas all failed to crack the top 30 to move on.

On the women's side, two cross-country skiers are still in it — Perianne Jones of Almonte, Ont. and Daria Gaiazova of Banff, Alta. were both in the top 30 and made the next round.

Men's half-pipe kicks off

The men's snowboard half-pipe contest started very early Tuesday morning and three Canadian men are competing — Derek Livingston, Crispin Lipscomb and Brad Martin.

Qualifying heats are underway, and they`ll be followed by semis at around 10 a.m. ET and then the medal round just after noon.

The man to watch is American Shaun White. The two-time defending Olympic champ in the event has won virtually every snowboarding contest there is, but he's still a very divisive figure in the sport.

India ends IOC dispute

It looks like the dispute between India and the IOC has ended, as the Olympic governing body has reportedly lifted a ban on the country from competing at Olympic events.

India has been in the bad books with the IOC since last year since the country nominated a man later jailed on corruption charges to head up its Olympic body.

Luger Shiva Keshavan is probably the most famous Indian athlete at these Games, and so far he`s been competing under the IOC flag because of the ban.

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