Russian gold-medalist ice hockey players sang their national anthem during the medal ceremony on Sunday after victory in the final over Germany, despite competing at the Pyeongchang Winter Games as neutral athletes.
At a Winter Games with seemingly as many political stories as athletic ones, it was also inevitable that Russian Federation, a country that, on paper, had already been banned from Olympics participation for two months, would benefit from that. Russia's national emblems were prohibited from being displayed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which disqualified Russian Federation from the 2018 Winter Olympics for alleged doping violations.
"We have been through a lot so that we could blaze a trail", said Kim Eun-jung, skip of the South Korean women's curling team, which captured global renown as the "Garlic Girls" - all from a garlic-producing Korean hometown.
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It was a fitting finale as it handed Norway their 14th gold to overtake Germany in the final medal count, after the German team won the four-man bobsleigh earlier on Sunday. "It was a while ago". That was my dream for when I was five years old, when I started playing.
Ilya Kovalchuk had a chance to win the game 6:30 in only to have his forehand stopped by a tremendous pad save by German goalie Danny Aus Den Birken.
Bjoergen had already become the most decorated athlete in Winter Olympics history with her 14th medal on Wednesday, outstripping fellow Norwegian Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, who has 13 in biathlon. With the loss, the Germans won silver, their best finish ever in Olympic ice hockey and their first medal since a bronze at the Innsbruck games in 1976.
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Kirill Kaprizov scored the game-winner for OAR, which scored with less than a minute remaining in regulation to tie the score at 3-3 and force overtime. Gusev finished as the Olympic tournament's points leader with four goals and eight assists. A team of young cross-country skiers won three silver and four bronze medals, nearly half the Russian total, but attracted scrutiny because four skiers are coached by a man once suspended over doping.
They came back twice from one-goal deficits and took the lead late on a goal by Jonas Muller, who beat Vasili Koshechkin between the legs, only to have their hearts broken by Gusev and Kaprizov.
"You know it was only 7 a.m.in Russian Federation when we start play, but I think now everybody's up and they're celebrating".
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A Slovenian ice hockey player and a Japanese short-track speed skater have also tested positive for doping at the Games. The Russian team was banned from the games because of rife doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
"We all thought we would be sitting at home watching the final on the couch but here we are. The boys are going to bring silver home and they should be proud".