2014 Winter Olympics Results: February 23

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2014 Winter Olympics Results: February 23

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The United States made one final gasp on the last day of competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, taking a single medal.

In a big comeback move, United States 1 moved out of fourth place in the preliminary rounds to take the bronze in the four-man bobsleigh. The heavily favored Russia 1 sled defended their lead, eventually taking gold. The final heats were actually between Russia and silver medalists Latvia 1, with the Latvian sled finishing at a +0.09 and United States 1 at +0.39.

Russia was also able to make a huge grab at the final cross-country skiing event, sweeping the men's 50 km mass start free. All three Russian skiers crossed the finish less than a second apart from one another, well ahead of the rest of the field.

Men's hockey also finished up, with Canada taking the gold medal over Sweden in another shutout game. Canadian goaltender Carey Price faced 36 shots on goal, remaining perfect in the 3-0 win. Despite a late tripping penalty to Corey Perry, the Swedes just couldn't put a rally together and went home with the silver.

With the closing of the events, Russia secured the overall medal count win by a commanding 33 total. Norway came in behind the host nation with 26 overall, followed by Canada just one medal back. The United States had been favored in many events early on but finished fourth with one of the lowest medal count finishes for the Americans in a long time.

Surely, the U.S. Olympic Committee will have some questions to answer once the dust settles, as will much of the governing bodies of each sport. With the men's hockey team coming up completely short, many snow events being disasters, and the fallout of the speed skating uniform catastrophe, there is work to be done before the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

All results are final unless otherwise noted.

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Bobsleigh

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Four-man

Gold - Russian Fed. 3:40.60

Silver - Latvia 3:40.69

Bronze - United States 3:40.99

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Cross-Country Skiing

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Men's 50 km Mass Start Free

Gold - (RUS) Alexander LEGKOV 1:46:55.2

Silver - (RUS) Maxim VYLEGZHANIN 1:46:55.9

Bronze - (RUS) Ilia CHERNOUSOV 1:46:56.0

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Hockey

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Men's Gold Medal Game

CAN def. SWE 3-0

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Final Medal Count

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1 Russian Fed. 33

2 Norway 26

3 Canada 25

4 United States 28

5 Netherlands 24

6 Germany 19

7 Switzerland 11

8 Belarus 6

9 Austria 17

10 France 15

Gold and silver medals are given higher points values in the overall count, hence the discrepancies between ranking and total count.


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