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Sochi Olympics

Canada rules rink, a flame dies, an Olympics ends

  • Dan Hamhuis of Canada (5), goalkeeper Carey Price of Canada (31), Jonathan Toews of Canada (16) and Shea Weber of Canada (6) celebrate their 3-0 win over Sweden in the men's gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

    Dan Hamhuis of Canada (5), goalkeeper Carey Price of Canada (31), Jonathan Toews of Canada (16) and Shea Weber of Canada (6) celebrate their 3-0 win over Sweden in the men's gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

  • Jonathan Toews of Canada (16) tales control of the puck under pressure from Erik Karlsson of Sweden (65) during the third period of the men's gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

    Jonathan Toews of Canada (16) tales control of the puck under pressure from Erik Karlsson of Sweden (65) during the third period of the men's gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

  • Canada forward Sidney Crosby goes to join his teammates as they celebrate after the men's gold medal ice hockey game against Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Canada won 3-0 to win the gold medal. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

    Canada forward Sidney Crosby goes to join his teammates as they celebrate after the men's gold medal ice hockey game against Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Canada won 3-0 to win the gold medal. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

  • Goalkeeper Carey Price of Canada (31) and Dan Hamhuis of Canada (5) celebrate their 3-0 win over Sweden in the men's gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

    Goalkeeper Carey Price of Canada (31) and Dan Hamhuis of Canada (5) celebrate their 3-0 win over Sweden in the men's gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

  • A polar bear and a leopard, mascots of Sochi 2014, approach a flame representing the burning Olympic cauldron, during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    A polar bear and a leopard, mascots of Sochi 2014, approach a flame representing the burning Olympic cauldron, during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • A Canadian athlete, right, poses for a photograph with a volunteer during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    A Canadian athlete, right, poses for a photograph with a volunteer during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

  • Carolina Kostner of Italy poses for a photograph during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Carolina Kostner of Italy poses for a photograph during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

  • Mayor of Sochi Anatoly Pakhomov, left, and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, second from left, watch Lee Seok-rai, mayor of Pyeongchang, wave the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Jung Yeon-je, Pool)

    Mayor of Sochi Anatoly Pakhomov, left, and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, second from left, watch Lee Seok-rai, mayor of Pyeongchang, wave the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Jung Yeon-je, Pool)

  • Dan Hamhuis of Canada (5), goalkeeper Carey Price of Canada (31), Jonathan Toews of Canada (16) and Shea Weber of Canada (6) celebrate their 3-0 win over Sweden in the men's gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
  • Jonathan Toews of Canada (16) tales control of the puck under pressure from Erik Karlsson of Sweden (65) during the third period of the men's gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
  • Canada forward Sidney Crosby goes to join his teammates as they celebrate after the men's gold medal ice hockey game against Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Canada won 3-0 to win the gold medal. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )
  • Goalkeeper Carey Price of Canada (31) and Dan Hamhuis of Canada (5) celebrate their 3-0 win over Sweden in the men's gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
  • A polar bear and a leopard, mascots of Sochi 2014, approach a flame representing the burning Olympic cauldron, during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
  • A Canadian athlete, right, poses for a photograph with a volunteer during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
  • Carolina Kostner of Italy poses for a photograph during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
  • Mayor of Sochi Anatoly Pakhomov, left, and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, second from left, watch Lee Seok-rai, mayor of Pyeongchang, wave the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Jung Yeon-je, Pool)

SOCHI, Russia – The Olympic flame was snuffed out. No chance of that for the Canadian hockey team, champions again.

The Sochi Games completed a 17-day run yesterday with Canada’s 3-0 victory over Sweden in the men’s hockey final, the last of 98 gold medal events.

The end of the $51 billion extravaganza came on a day when Russia captured the medals race, and IOC President Thomas Bach lauded the host city for its “amazing” transformation.

Only three sports were on the schedule, with the other gold medals coming from Russian cross-country skier Alexander Legko and bobsledder Alexander Zubkov leading the way for the hosts in the four-man.

The fifth and sixth doping cases surfaced, involving NHL and Sweden star Nicklas Backstrom – by far the standout name of the group – and Austrian cross-country skier Johannes Duerr.

At the closing ceremony, the athletes stuck to tradition by mugging for cameras and taking a last celebratory prance. The flag was handed over to the next winter host, and a giant mascot bear blew out the flame and sent the Olympics on their way to Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Cross-country skiing

Alexander Legkov got down to work in a hurry. He led a Russian sweep of the men’s 50-kilometer cross-country race. He was followed by Maxim Vylegzhanin and Ilia Chernousov. That assured Russia of finishing with the most medals. It was also the host nation’s first gold in the sport in Sochi. “This is priceless,” Legkov said. “It’s more valuable than my life.”

Bobsled

After struggling these last years, Alexander Zubkov set things right. He drove Russia to victory in the four-man sled, adding to his two-man title in Sochi. He is the sixth pilot to sweep those events at an Olympics but the first to do so in his home country. Steven Holcomb, the 2010 Olympic champ, won bronze to give the U.S. seven sliding medals in Sochi, tops among all countries. Oskars Melbardis of Latvia took the silver. Germany had no medals in the four-man for the first time since 1968.

Doping

Sochi had six doping cases; Vancouver had one four years ago. As IOC President Thomas Bach sees it, that’s good news – the drug cheats are getting caught. “The number of the cases for me is not really relevant,” he said. Nicklas Backstrom, who plays for the NHL’s Washington Capitals, tested positive for a substance found in allergy medication that Sweden’s Olympic Committee said he had been taking for seven years. Austrian cross-country skier Johannes Duerr was cited for the blood booster EPO, the most serious of the Sochi cases.

Medals

The arithmetic was clear: Russia was king of the medals, be it total or gold. The host country finished with 33 medals overall and 13 gold. Russia started the day tied with Norway for the most gold. It’s the first time Russia has topped both medals tables since the breakup of the Soviet Union. The U.S. won 28 total, including nine gold. Norway had 26 medals, 11 of them gold. Of the Netherlands’s 24 medals, 23 came in speedskating. “Nobody believed that Russia would even be in the top three in total medals,” Zubkov said. “But we have won.”

Legacy Comments1

just winning a gold medal is nothing but the important thing is the prestige that they will get. Olympics is a great thing. So, congrats

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