Russia Loses Shot At Olympic Hockey Gold

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February 19, 2014 AT 10:13 AM
A Russian hockey team with immense expectations lost its shot at an Olympic title Wednesday at a Winter Games tempered by violence both in the host city and in nearby Ukraine. Finland beat the Russians 3-1, knocking them out of the quarterfinals and ending their chances of winning a hockey gold medal in front of their own fans. Russian and Soviet teams have won eight gold medals in hockey, but none in the last 22 years. Ted Ligety of the United States won gold in men's giant slalom, the first American man to win two Olympic medals in Alpine skiing. And American-turned Russian snowboarder Vic Wild won the men's parallel giant slalom, just minutes after his Russian wife, Alexa Zavarzina, won bronze in the women's competition.