It took far longer than many people expected. But the American Speedskating team that came to Sochi with high expectations has finally won an Olympic medal. The men's short track relay team finished second to Russia Friday, two days before the Winter Games come to an end.
Canada beat the U.S. men 1-0 in Olympic hockey Friday, winning a tense game that saw strong goalie play and stout defensive work. Despite numerous chances, the Americans weren't able to challenge Canadian goalie Carey Price.
The game was a rematch between two teams that played for gold at the Vancouver 2010 Games. That contest went to overtime before Canada's Sidney Crosby scored an artful golden goal that dashed the Americans' dreams of repeating as gold medalists — something they haven't done since the famed 1980 "Miracle on Ice" Olympics.
It wouldn't be a Winter Olympics without a figure skating scandal, and the Sochi Olympics hasn't disappointed.
When defending gold medalist Yuna Kim of South Korea took to the ice in the women's long program Thursday night, there was much anticipation. The audience had already seen 23 great performances, and Kim was the last to skate.
She landed six triple jumps in what looked to be a flawless program, one she'd skated many times before. In the stands, her teammates and skaters from other countries seemed amazed.
Sure, a chance to play in Sunday's gold medal game is at stake when the men's hockey teams from the U.S. and Canada face off Friday in Sochi. Game time: noon ET. NBC Sports Network is broadcasting it in the U.S.
But while Olympics glory is up for grabs, a shipping company in Skokie, Ill., has pushed the stakes even higher:
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The Winter Olympics gave us a match for the ages today: The U.S. and Canadian women's hockey teams spot for gold. The rivalry between them has been intense and the final game lived up to its billing. The Canadians won in overtime, 3-to-2.
NPR's Tamara Keith was in the Bolshoi Ice Dome in Sochi and joins us now. Hey there, Tamara.