After more than two weeks of watching the world's top winter athletes compete in various disciplines, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics will conclude on Sunday with three events and the closing ceremony.
On Sunday, viewers will be given the chance to watch the men's ice hockey gold-medal game. Canada and Sweden have been dominant in the tournament thus far, and it will be a game of two giants in the sport.
All eyes will be on this one.
The four-man bobsledding and men's mass start cross country skiing events will also take place prior to the closing ceremonies. While a shortened schedule on the final day of the Olympics, Day 16 figures to be exciting.
Here's your updated medal count through Day 15, as well as where to watch each scheduled event.
NBC's Prime-Time Day 16 Winter Olympics
Where: Sochi, Russia
When: Sunday, Feb. 23
Live Stream: NBCOlympics.com
Start Time: 8 p.m. ET; 8 p.m. CT; 7 p.m. MT; 8 p.m. PT
|Cross Country Skiing||Men's 50-kilometer Free|
|Bobsleigh||Four-Man (Runs 3 and 4)|
|Men's Ice Hockey||Men's Gold Final (Sweden vs. Canada|
Events to Watch
Through two runs, the four-man bobsleigh event is the closest four-man race in Olympic history. You won't want to miss this.
Russia's Alexander Zubkov leads Latvia's Oskars Melbardis, the United States' Steven Holcomb and Germany's Maximilian Arndt by a narrow margin—0.17 seconds, to be exact. The final runs on Day 16 will be a battle between these four sleds. It's really anybody's game.
Holcomb isn't at all surprised by the tight quarters at the top. He told the Associated Press (via CBSnews.com): "There's a lot of good teams out here. I knew it was going to be a battle like this."
Holcomb is the defending gold medalist from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and he'll be looking to add some more hardware to his trophy case. He likes his chances, via the same report:
I knew it was going to be hard to be first. Coming down and having that pretty good lead going into that second heat, ahead of the Latvians, it shows anybody can have a good run and move right up. We're only 17-hundreths out of a gold medal and that can be made up in two runs, easily.
Zubkov, 39, will have something to say about that. He has the advantage in front of his home fans, and Sanki's brutal course has yet to cause him problems. He is, after all, the favorite after dominating the two-man event.
Cross Country, Men's Mass Start
To conclude Sochi's cross country skiing events, the men's mass start race will feature some prime competition. The 50-kilometer event will be a test of endurance, speed and determination.
Russia, who has fallen short in cross country events thus far, will look to leave their mark on the Olympics. They have won just two silvers in the discipline in 2014, but they'll be looking to add to that count in front of the home crowd on Sunday.
Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby is considered the favorite, at least, to everyone except the Russians and his mother, reports Tim Warsinskey of cleveland.com:
Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway is the 50K favorite, though he's not a favorite of Russians or, apparently, his own mother. Russia protested Sundby's bronze medal in the 30K skiathlon after he cut off a Russian skier. During the race, Sundby's mother called him the “worst Norwegian ever'' on Norwegian TV in an apparent attempt at dark humor.
Well, that seems a little bit harsh.
Ice Hockey, Canada vs. Sweden (Gold-Medal Game)
All eyes will be on the men's ice hockey final that will pit Canada and Sweden, two formidable teams, together in what will surely be a classic.
These two teams also represent the best talent that international hockey has to offer. Henrik Lundqvist and Sweden won the gold in Torino back in 2006, while Canada won the gold in Vancouver in 2010 thanks to an overtime goal from Sidney Crosby.
Which team has had a more impressive run to the final?
Each team got through talented competition to get to the final. Canada bested the United States in a 1-0 heart-breaker for the Americans, while Sweden edged Finland by a score of 2-1.
Canada, unbeaten in the tournament, has had to go through Team USA and Finland to get to where they are now. After throwing Sweden into the mix, Canada will be able to say that they faced three of the top teams in Sochi.
The men's ice hockey final will cap off what has been a stellar few weeks of action in Sochi, Russia.
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