Winter Olympics: Russia and U.S. Finish Atop Medal Haul at Sochi
The Sochi Winter Olympics came to a close on Sunday, with host Russia finished just ahead of the United States in the medal standings othe U.S. men’s hockey team finishing off the podium with a disappointing 5-0 loss to Finland in the bronze medal game.
Here’s a recap of the final weekend of the Sochi Games.
Russia Wins Medals Race
Alexander Legkov led a Russian sweep in the men’s 50-kilometer cross-country race on Sunday in Sochi and the host nation was assured of the overall medals title. The Russians used a late surge to move past the United States and earn 33 total medals, including a Sochi Games-high 13 golds.
The Americans finished with 28 total medals. Norway placed third with 26 total medals. The Norwegians 11 gold medals were second only to the Russian total.
13 gold; 11 silver; 9 bronze
United States (28)
9 gold; 7 silver; 12 bronze
11 gold; 5 silver; 10 bronze
10 gold; 10 silver; 5 bronze
8 gold; 7 silver; 9 bronze
Canada Wins Men’s Hockey Gold; U.S. Fails to Medal
Sidney Crosby (of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins), Chris Kunitz (Pittsburgh) and Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks) scored goals and Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) recorded his second straight shutout as Canada beat Sweden 3-0 to win its second straight Olympic gold medal in men’s hockey on Sunday morning.
The Canadians never trailed once in the Olympic tournament and finished with a 6-0-0 record.
Finland shut out a listless U.S. team 5-0 on Saturday to win the bronze medal game. Forty-three-year-old Teemu Selanne (Anaheim Ducks) scored two goals and Tuukka Rask (Boston Bruins) made 27 saves in the Finnish victory.
The United States finished 4-2 during the Sochi Games, including a 3-2 shootout win over Russia.
Russia Wins Four-Man Bobsled Gold; U.S. Takes Bronze
Russia’s Alexander Zubkov drove his nation’s four-man bobsled to an Olympic gold medal in Sochi on Sunday. Push athletes Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov, Alexey Voevoda helped Zubkov slide to victory over the second-place Latvians and the third-place Americans.
Team USA driver Steven Holcomb was assisted in the run to the bronze medal by Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Chris Fogt. It was Holcomb’s third medal, taking its place next to the bronze he won in the two-man at Sochi and the four-man gold the Americans won in Vancouver in 2010.
American-Born Vic Wild Wins Second Gold for Russia
Russian snowboarder Vic Wild won gold in the parallel slalom race in Sochi on Saturday. Originally from White Salmon, Wash., the 27-year old Wild moved to Russia three years ago to marry Russian snowboarder Alena Zavarzina. He also won a gold medal in the parallel giant slalom on Wednesday.
Ceremonies Bring Sochi Games to a Close
Talented performers, elaborate costumes and dazzling visual effects highlighted the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics on Sunday in Sochi, Russia. The oft-maligned host nation even took time to laugh at itself during the farewell show.
As dancers formed into a representation of the Olympic rings, one group remained in a tight circle echoing a glitch that marred the opening ceremonies when one of the five lighted rings failed to open.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose nation spent $51 billion to host the event, watched in delight as the Sochi Games closed with his country on top of the overall medal standings. Russia transferred the host responsibilities for the Winter Olympics to Pyeongchang, South Korea, site of the 2018 Games.