Olympics Comes To A Close, U.S. Wins 28 Medals
Published on February 24 2014 6:16 am
Last Updated on February 24 2014 6:16 am
Written by Millie Lange
Finland Blasts U.S. In Bronze Medal Game
(Sochi, Russia) -- The United States men never got anything going as they were blasted 5-0 by Finland in the ice hockey bronze medal game on Saturday. Teemu Selanne and Jussi Jokinen lit the lamp 11 seconds apart in the second period and the Americans never recovered. Meanwhile, the Blues are at Vancouver Wednesday night.
Toews Scores As Canada Captures Olympic Gold
(Sochi, Russia) -- Jonathan Toews scored the first goal and set the stage for Canada's 3-0 win over Sweden for the Olympic hockey gold medal. The Canadians defended their gold medal from the 2010 Vancouver Games. Toews returns to the Chicago Blackhawks, who resume the NHL season on Thursday at the New York Rangers.
Holcomb Wins U.S. Final Medal
(Krasnaya Polyana, Russia) -- Steven Holcomb helped bring the U.S. its final medal in Sochi by leading the four-man bobsled team to bronze Sunday. Holcomb became the first American with two bobsled medals in the same Olympics. He also won bronze in the two-man competition.
Shiffrin Raises Profile In Sochi
(Sochi, Russia) -- Mikaela Shiffrin is blossoming as one of the stars from the Sochi Games. The American freestyle skier became the youngest Olympic champion ever at 18 years old by winning the slalom. Some are already calling her the next Lindsey Vonn, who missed the Games with a knee injury.
U.S. Women Fail To Medal In Figure Skating Again
(Sochi, Russia) -- No American woman won an individual figure skating medal for the second straight Olympics. Adelina Sotnikova of Russia won gold, beating reigning champ Yuna Kim of South Korea. Gracie Gold of the U.S. finished fourth, Ashley Wagner seventh and Polina Edmunds ninth.
Sochi Celebrates A Successful Winter Games
(Sochi, Russia) -- The city of Sochi, Russia is celebrating a successful Winter Olympics. Despite initial concerns over safety, unfinished accommodations and backlash over Russia's anti-gay laws, the 22nd Winter Olympiad essentially went off without a hitch. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Russia came through on its promise to deliver an excellent Winter Games, calling them an extraordinary success. Eighteen days of pageantry and competition came to an end with Sunday's Closing Ceremony. Giant animatronic versions of the Olympic mascots skated across the stadium floor, with a Russian bear blowing out the Olympic flame and then shedding a tear. Bach asked the world's athletes to gather again in four years in South Korea, which will host the 2018 Winter Games.
Not only were the Olympics a success from a production standpoint, the host nation also topped the medal standings. Russia won a total of 33 medals, including an Olympic-best 13 gold. The United States finished second with 28 medals. Team USA captured nine gold, seven silver and 12 bronze. American Sage Kotsenberg won the first medal in Sochi, taking gold in the men's snowboard cross. Other highlights included Jamie Anderson taking the women's snowboard cross, Meryl Davis and Charlie White winning ice dance gold, Ted Ligety capturing the men's giant slalom, 18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin becoming the youngest Olympic slalom champion ever, and the U.S. sweeping the podium in men's slopestyle skiing.
The Games also had their disappointments as two-time defending champion Shaun White failed to medal in the snowboard halfpipe, and both the U.S. men's and women's hockey teams lost heartbreakers to Canada in the medal round. Alpine skier Bode Miller also broke down in tears during a post-race interview when asked about the death of his brother.
Despite injury, nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick became the first American to compete in six Winter Games. Lodwick served as U.S. flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony, while that honor went to women's hockey player Julie Chu for the Closing Ceremony. Sochi and its shiny new venues will now play host to the Paralympics, beginning on March 7.