Farewell, Korea: Olympic Games Wrap up Triumphs, Surprises and Politics

  • Farewell, Korea: Olympic Games Wrap up Triumphs, Surprises and Politics

Farewell, Korea: Olympic Games Wrap up Triumphs, Surprises and Politics

Olympic athletes from Russian Federation celebrate after winning the men's gold medal hockey game against Germany, 4-3, in overtime at the 2018 Winter Olympics, Feb. 25, 2018, in Gangneung, South Korea.

OAR's victory marks the first time in more than two decades that a men's Olympic team featuring Russian players has captured gold, with Russian players previously helping the Unified Team finish atop the podium at the 1992 Albertville Olympics.

Athletes on the OAR team had been urged to "refrain from any public form of publicity, activity and communication" associated with the flag, anthem, any emblem, including that of the suspended Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), on any Olympic site or on social media.

Russia's only previous gold at these Games went to women's figure skater Alina Zagitova.

This might be an unpopular opinion to hold, but I'm actually very happy that Russian Federation won the gold medal.

In a seesaw goal-filled game, Kirill Kaprizov delivered a one-timer off a pass from Nikita Gusev 9:11 into overtime to break German hearts.

"We knew that we will do it if we win", said Kovalchuk, the all-time leading Russian goal-scorer in Olympic play.

They were representing "Olympic Athletes from Russia" under strict guidelines including a ban on Russia's flag, national colors and the national anthem.

Goaltender Vasily Koshechkin let in a fluke goal to Felix Schultz and was hung out to dry on Dominik Kahun's goal that answered Gusev's first goal 10 seconds later.

And after the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation topped Germany in a thrilling gold medal hockey game, that's exactly what they did.

On the final day of the 2018 Winter Olympics, Canada defeated Czech Republic 6-4 to claim the bronze medal. "Now I have no dream".

Germany entered the semifinals with 25/1 odds to win the tournament, and then shocked Canada 4-3. "Now I have no dream", he told the media after the event, via The Herald Sun.

Nicknamed the Big Red Machine, they are stacked with top home-grown talent built around a core of ex-NHL all stars Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk - both household names in a country in love with the sport.

Hours earlier the International Olympic Committee voted unanimously to keep the country's ban for mass doping, which means that Russian athletes will not be able to march behind their flag at the Olympics closing ceremony later Sunday. I think we all thought we'd sit there and watch the final on the couch at home, but here we are. They will now play in their first-ever gold medal game.

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.