Russia rejoices Sochi Winter Olympics success
SOCHI: Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 came to an end Sunday night after a colorful closing ceremony whereas Russia won the Olympics with their 13 gold medals in the Winter Games here in Sochi, ARY News reports on Monday.
Athletes continued to fight for the medals in the last day of the mega event. Russia won two golds on the last day to seal their victory in the Winter Olympics.
Russia bagged the gold medal in the Four Man Bobsleigh Competition as Alexander Zubkov led his team to the top of podium whereas the Austrian team took the silver medal and United States of America clinched the bronze medal in the event.
The Russians took all the top three places in the Cross-Country Men's Mass Start as Alexander Legkov took the gold medal after completing the race in an hour 46 minutes and 55.2 seconds. His team mates Maxim Vylegzhanin (1:46:55.9) and Ilia Chernousov (1:46:56.0) took silver and bronze medal respectively.
In the Men’s Ice Hockey Final, Canada thrashed Sweden 3-0 to win the gold medal final. Earlier, Finland had destroyed United States 5-0 in the bronze final.
It should be noted that Canada’s Womens Hockey Team had won the gold medal for their country after defeating United States 3-2 in the final.
Russia won the Olympics after securing 33 medals comprising of 13 golds, 11 silvers and 9 bronze medals. Norway stood second with 26 medals (11 gold, 5 silver and 10 bronze medals) whereas Canada came third ( 10 gold, 10 silver and 5 bronze medals) in the Winter Olympics.
After the games, a colorful closing ceremony was held to mark the close of 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The performers highlighted Russian culture which included literature and Russian ballet dance.
The Russians also mocked the Olympic ring malfunction which occurred in the opening ceremony of the Winter Games as they re-enacted the entire scenario all over again.
Thomas Bach, President of International Olympic Committee (IOC), declared the Sochi Winter Games as the most successful as of yet. He officially announced the 2014 Winter Olympics closed.
The Olympic flag was handed over to South Korea as PyeongChang will play hosts to the Winter Olympics in 2018.
Colorful fireworks ceremony was held to conclude the fascinating 16 day mega sporting event.