In another tough loss for U.S. men's hockey, Finland shut the team out 5-0 to take the bronze medal in Sochi Saturday.
After a scoreless first period, Finland's Teemu Selanne and Jussi Jokinen scored back-to-back early on in the second. The Finns then ran away with the game, netting three more in the third. Finland's win marks the fifth hockey medal in the last six Olympics for the country. The U.S., meanwhile, ended up in a disappointing fourth place, failing to score a goal for the second game in a row after scoring 20 in its first four games.
In the men's slalom, Austria's Mario Matt took gold, becoming the oldest Alpine champion in Olympic history at 34. Matt won with his combined time 1:41.84 seconds in the final Alpine event in Sochi. Matt's teammate Marcel Hirscher took silver, followed by Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen.Ted Ligety skied off course in his second run, but the U.S. finished with five medals, including one gold from Ligety and another from 18-year-old phenom Mikaela Shiffrin.
In snowboarding's parallel slalom event, American-born Vic Wild nabbed his second gold of the week for Russia. Slovenia's Zan Kosir took silver and Austria's Benjamin Karl earned bronze. On the women's side, Austria's Julia Dujmovits took home the gold medal, with Germany's Anke Karstens and Amelie Kober earning silver and bronze, respectively.
The final day of speed skating was victorious for the Dutch as they earned gold in both the men's and women's team pursuits. The men took home the top prize with a time of 3:37.71, a new Olympic record. South Korea finished in second place and Poland took bronze. The Dutchwomen also set an Olympic record with their win in 2:58.05, beating out Poland, which took silver, and bronze medalist Russia. All 24 of the Netherlands' medals have come in speed skating, with 23 in long track and one in short track.
Russia won its first biathlon gold medal in the men's 4x7.5-kilometer relay over Germany and Austria. Norway faltered at the end and finished fourth, ending Ole Einar Bjoerndalen's quest to win a record ninth gold medal.
Norway did, however, sweep the women's 30-kilometer mass start in cross-country, with Marit Bjorgen, Theresa Johaug and Kristin Stoermer Steira going 1-2-3.
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