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Winter Games head into final weekend

France may seem relatively quiet in the medal standings, but get this: It's won more medals than any other countries over the last three days.

A French sweep in men's freestyle ski cross plus a silver in the women's halfpipe in the same sport made France the biggest medal mover of the day for Thursday.

France moved to ninth in the medal standings after 81 events, with 15 total medals at the start of Friday's competition.

Canada won two golds, one in a thriller in women's ice hockey over the United States and the other in women's curling. Norway, Russia and the United States won one gold each.

Norway kept its position atop the medal standings with 10 golds and 21 total medals. The United States, second in the medal standings, has the most total medals with 25.

Asian countries won only two medals on Thursday, with Korea and Japan winning one each.

Click here for some of the best pictures from day 12 of the Winter Olympics.

Medal in seven events will be awarded Friday, including men's curling, women's freestyle ski cross and three short track events. A spot in the medal round will be on the line when the U.S. and Canada meet in men's hockey semi-final action at noon. Coverage on the NBC Sports Network begins at noon. 

If you can't wait until WECT's primetime coverage, click here for live streaming video of the Sochi Winter Olympics as it happens.

Friday's Television Lineup:

Noon - WECT News at Midday

3p-5p - 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics on WECT (Switzerland's Fanny Smith is coming off the best season of her young career and is likely the favorite, but 37-year-old Ophelie David, a three-time world medalist, may have the necessary experience to navigate this wild, unpredictable event. Plus the Biathlon women's relay.)

7p – Wheel of Fortune

7:30p – Jeopardy

8p - 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics (Eighteen-year-old phenom Mikaela Shiffrin skis her signature event, bidding to win the first slalom gold for the Americans since 1972. Two-time Olympic medalist J.R. Celski could skate for two medals on this night, and Scot Elise Christie will attempt to win the first Short Track medal ever by a British woman. Plus the semifinals in men's team pursuit Speed Skating.)

11:00p – WECT News Special Edition (LIVE online here: http://bit.ly/IF1M4O and on mobile: http://bit.ly/18l5Vot)

Keep an eye on the WECT Olympic Zone for complete coverage of the Games. On mobile? Download the free WECT News App and look for the 2014 Sochi Olympics section featured under the "more" tab.

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