Olympic Results 2014: Full Analysis of Day 16 Games and Medal Tally

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Olympic Results 2014: Full Analysis of Day 16 Games and Medal Tally
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The 2014 Winter Olympics have officially come to a close with just eight total medals being handed out on the final day of the Games. The podiums once again had a familiar look as Russians took half of those medals, with the host country wrapping up the top spot in the medal tally with a total of 33.

The Russians dominated the last few days in the Olympics outside of the sport that they wanted to win the most: hockey.

As for Team USA, one more visit to the podium with a bronze medal in the four-man bobsleigh event secured the No. 2 spot in the medal tally.

Here's a look at the final medal count:

With the Sochi Games over and fans looking ahead to 2016 Summer Olympics, here is a full list of the results along with a breakdown of the events from Day 16.

 

Four-Man Bobsleigh

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While every other Russian was dominating the Olympics on the final days, Alexander Zubkov followed suit and did so in historic fashion.

The legendary pilot was only the sixth man to sweep the podium in his two events, as the Associated Press reports:

Following the 39-year-old pilot was the Latvian four-man team, who finished just .09 seconds behind the Russians' final time in the four heats.

Though they weren't able to repeat the same success as 2010, the four-man bobsleigh team from Team USA still finished on the podium with another bronze medal.

With Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton on this team as well, the same two-man team that brought home the bronze earlier in the Olympics will leave with two medals around their necks. They might not have landed at the top of the podium, but Holcomb and Langton also made history, according to Paul Carr of ESPN:

Moving forward, the two-man pairing hasn't announced any plans to retire following the Games. At 33 and 30, respectively, Holcomb and Langton could make history yet again in 2018 with another medal and earn three straight for the Americans.

If Zubkov does ultimately leave the sport after carrying the weight of his country on his shoulders in the event, another door could open for Holcomb and Langton. If all goes well, the duo could find themselves at the top of the podium in four years.

 

Cross-Country Skiing: Men's 50-Kilometer Mass Start Free

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As if the Russians needed to control another sport on their way to the top of the medal tally, they finished with a podium sweep in one of the final events of the Games.

The finish clinched the most medals in the Olympics for Russia, as Scott Russell of CBC reports:

Alexander Legkov took the top spot away from teammates Maxim Vylegzhanin and Ilia Chernousov as each came away with hardware for the host country.

The three all came close to winning the event overall, as they were separated on the finish line by just .8 seconds. In fact, Vylegzhanin and Chernousoy finished just .1 seconds apart from each other.

With the Russians taking all three medals and clinching the medal count, it ended what was a memorable Games for the country.

 

Ice Hockey: Men's Gold-Medal Game

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In the final event of the entire Olympics, Canada once again proved it still has a stranglehold on the ice hockey world as it completed a sweep of both the men's and women's podiums and took two golds home.

After doing the same thing back in 2010, the feat was one that hasn't been done in over six decades for the men's team, as ESPN Stats and Info notes:

The 3-0 win over Sweden not only put the Canadians back on the top of the podium, but earned the team their second straight shutout in the Games after crushing Team USA's hopes in the semifinals with a 1-0 win.

The gold-medal clincher also guaranteed Canada the first-ever sweep in the original team events of men's and women's curling and hockey, according to ESPN Stats and Info:

That team mentality was what Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Canada's captain, said propelled them to the gold-medal win, per the Penguins' official Twitter account:

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Crosby finished with one goal in the game, Jonathan Toews got the game-winner in the first period and Carey Price clinched the game with 24 total saves as Canada once again rolled over the No. 1 team in the world.

The Canadians went undefeated throughout the entire tournament after coming in with a target on their backs. That type of success should solidify them as favorites to once again repeat in 2018.

And with the likes of Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf, Toews and Price all likely to be returning to the team in South Korea, it should be yet another interesting run to watch as the Canadians will look for a third straight gold in the next Winter Olympics.

 

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