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Posted: Feb 15, 2014 1:31 AM

Updated: Feb 15, 2014 1:32 AM

SOCHI, Russia (AP) Switzerland is chasing Germany in the Sochi Games medal count using a similar philosophy: When you medal, make sure it's a gold.

Switzerland picked up two golds and a silver in six medal competitions Friday to be the biggest medal mover of the day. Right behind it was Belarus, which won two golds and a bronze.

Five of Switzerland's seven medals through 44 events are gold. Sandro Viletta won the men's super-combined alpine ski event on Friday, while Dario Cologna won the men's 15 kilometer classic cross-country race.

Other tidbits from Friday's title competitions:

Croatia and Kazakhstan won their first medals, with Croatia taking a silver in men's super-combined slalom skiing and Kazakhstan winning bronze in men's figure skating.

Norway was kept off the podium for just the second time in seven days medals were awarded.

Finland ninth in the historical Winter Olympics medal count going into Sochi is on the biggest cold streak of any country that's won a medal here. It has been shut out for five days since winning a silver in the women's snowboard slopestyle on the second day of competition.

Seven golds are expected Saturday including: women's super-G alpine skiing, women's 4 by 5-kilometer relay cross country, women's 1,500-meter short track speedskating, men's 1,000-meter short track speedskating, men's 1,500M speedskating, men's skeleton and men's large hill ski jumping.

By Oskar Garcia Twitter http://twitter.com/oskargarcia

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