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Posted: 02/20/2014 2:24 PM | Comments: 0
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SOCHI, Russia - A look at five things to know from Day 14 of the Sochi Olympics:
FOUR-PEAT — It looked like the American women's hockey team had finally found out how to beat arch-rival Canada at the Olympics. But nobody told Marie-Philip Poulin and the plucky Canadians that. Poulin scored her second goal of the game in overtime to cap a brilliant comeback by Canada and give the country its fourth straight Olympic title in women's hockey. The United States led 2-0 with 3:26 remaining in regulation. Canada has now won 20 straight Olympic games, including a 3-2 win over the Americans during the round robin in Sochi.
PERFECTION ACHIEVED — Jennifer Jones's curling team has done what no other women's foursome has done before. Jones went undefeated in the Olympic women's curling tournament, capping an 11-0 run with a 6-3 win over Sweden in the gold medal game. The final was closer than it appeared, with Canada finally sealing the victory with a steal of two in the ninth end. The only other team to go 11-0 at an Olympic Games is Kevin Martin's Edmonton rink, which did so four years ago in Vancouver.
FRENCH FRIED — Canada was a favourite for a medal in men's skicross, but will have to wait another four years after the French earned their first podium sweep at a Winter Games. Calgary's Brady Leman made it closest to a medal, advancing to the final and finishing fourth. He crashed trying to catch up to the three French skiers, led by gold medallist Jean-Frederic Chapuis.
QUEEN DETHRONED — South Korean figure skating sensation Yuna Kim missed out on her goal of winning two straight Olympic women's titles after she was defeated handily by Russian teenager Adelina Sotnikova in Thursday's free skate. Kim finished more than five points behind Sotnikova and the revelation of the 2010 Vancouver Games had to settle for silver. Kim was aiming to become the first singles skater since Katarina Witt (1984, '88) to win consecutive Olympic titles.
SWISSTERHOOD — Switzerland may be the rising women's hockey power supporters of the sport are looking for. The Swiss rallied to beat Sweden 4-3 in the bronze medal game, giving them their first-ever women's hockey medal. Switzerland advanced to the game with a solid performance in a 3-1 semifinal loss to Canada.
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