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Silver medalist Russia's Maxim Vylegzhanin (7) gold medalist Russia's Alexander Legkov (3) and Bronze medalist Russia's Ilia Chernousov (8) celebrate during the Men's Cross-Country Skiing 50km Mass Start Free Flower Ceremony at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 23, 2014, in Rosa Khuto, near Sochi. (AFP Photo / Pierre-Philippe Marcou)
Silver medalist Russia's Maxim Vylegzhanin (7) gold medalist Russia's Alexander Legkov (3) and Bronze medalist Russia's Ilia Chernousov (8) celebrate during the Men's Cross-Country Skiing 50km Mass Start Free Flower Ceremony at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 23, 2014, in Rosa Khuto, near Sochi. (AFP Photo / Pierre-Philippe Marcou)

February 23, 2014

Sochi medal wrap-up, Day 16: Russia wins home Olympics

A bobsleigh win and a podium sweep in the ski marathon on the final day of the competition ensured host nation, Russia, finished the Sochi Games on top of the overall medals table, with an impressive 13 golds and a total of 33 medals.

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The Russian athletes clearly exceeded the expectations of their loyal fans and the country’s sporting officials, who were cautiously speaking about a Top 3 spot ahead of the Olympics.

Russia’s medal haul in Sochi is the best the country has ever had at any Winter Olympic Games.

Its previous best achievement was at the 1994 Olympics in Norway’s Lillehammer when Russians bagged 11 golds.

The Sochi success also beats the record of the Soviet Union, which won a total of 29 medals at the Calgary Games in 1988.

The second spot in the overall medals went to Norway, with 11 golds and a total of 26 medals.

A confident victory in the men’s hockey allowed Team Canada to claim third position with 10 golds and 25 medals in all.


Russia sweeps podium in ski marathon

Russian cross-country skiers swept the podium in the men's 50 kilometers mass start race on the final day of the home Olympics in Sochi.

Aleksandr Legkov completed the marathon distance at the Laura Center in an impressive 1:46:55.2.

“This victory means more to me than my whole life”, Legkov told the Olympic News Service. “I cannot express with words what I am experiencing right now. I have been trying to get this gold for 15 years.”

The silver medal went to Maksim Vylegzhanin, who crossed the finish line just 0.7 seconds behind his compatriot.

The podium was completed by another Russian, Ilya Chernousov, with a time of 1:46:56.0.

Vylegzhanin and Chernousov came in so close that a photo finish was required to determine the owner of the silver medal.

The skiers’ success ensured Russia will finish top of the medal count at the Sochi Olympics.

Gold medalist Russia's Alexander Legkov celebrates during the Men's Cross-Country Skiing 50km Mass Start Free Flower Ceremony at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 23, 2014, in Rosa Khuto, near Sochi. (AFP Photo / Pierre-Philippe Marcou)

Russia races to four-man bobsleigh gold

Russia has cruised to victory in the four-man bobsleigh team event at the Sochi Winter Games.

Aleksandr Zubkov, Aleksey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov and Aleksey Voevoda, who were 0.4 seconds ahead after two runs on Saturday, proved their class in two of the final heats, claiming gold with an overall time of 3:40.60 minutes.

“I have no other words, only emotions,” Zubkov said after the finish.

It’s the second Sochi 2014 gold for Zubkov and Voevoda, who also topped the podium in the two-man bobsleigh event.

The silver medal went to Oskars Melbardis of Latvia and his men, who lagged just 0.09 seconds behind the winning quartet.

3:40.99 was good enough for the US quartet, led by Steven Holcomb, to claim the bronze medal at the Sanki Sliding Center.

Russia's pilot Alexander Zubkov poses with a gold medal during a ceremony for the four-man bobsleigh event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor February 23, 2014. (Reuters / Murad Sezer)

Canada defends hockey title

Russia has cruised to victory in the four-man bobsleigh team event at the Sochi Winter Games.

Canada has successfully defended its Olympic hockey title, claiming the last medal of the Sochi Winter Games.

The Canadians took on Sweden in the final at the Bolshoy Ice Dome and hammered home a confident 3-0 win.

The 13th minute was unlucky for the Swedes as Jonathan Toews sent the puck between the legs of keeper, Henrik Lundqvist, to put Canada in front, 1-0.

In the 16th minute of the second period, Canada’s captain, Sidney Crosby, dribbled round the Swedish goalie to score his first goal in Sochi, 2-0.

If the Swedes had any hopes of coming back into the match, they were shattered by a great wrist shot from Chris Kunitz in the 10th minute of the final period: 3-0 and gold for Canada.

Canada's gold medallist team poses during the Men's Ice Hockey Medal Ceremony at the Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 23, 2014. (AFP Photo / Jonathan Nackstrand)


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