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Sochi 2014 at the end: Russia on the top of medals table

The Winter Olympics ended on Sunday with Russia on top of the medals table in a surprise sporting success for the host nation. They won a total of 33 medals (13 gold, 11 silver, 9 bronze), followed by Norway with 26 medals (11, 15, 10) and Canada 25 (10, 10, 5)
In the last day of the competition Canada hockey men’s national team defeated 3-0 Sweden to won the supreme title, defending their trophy in Vancouver, according to sochi2014.com.
Russian four-man bobsleigh team won gold in the last day of competitions. Crew comprising of Alexander Zubkov, Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov and Alexey Voevoda passed the finish line with the result 3 min 40.60 seconds, becoming Olympic champions. They were leading in all four runs.
Russia also triumphed in the 50 km freestyle mass start race. Alexander Legkov, Maxim Vylegzhanin and Ilia Chernousov swept the entire set of medals of the Olympic mass start. In the final meters they broke away from the main contenders and snatched victory from the overall leader, Norwegian Martin Johnsrud Sundby.  Alexander Legkov finished the race with a final time of 1 hour, 46 minutes, 55.2 seconds and won the title of Olympic champion.
The XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi ended with a Closing Ceremony in the Fisht Olympic stadium, dedicated to Russian culture. The audience was presented with a European vision of Russia, in a show directed by world-renowned director Daniele Finzi Pasca who became the screenwriter and director of the Sochi Olympics Closing Ceremony after joining a Russian team, which also included creative director Konstantin Ernst and executive producer Andrei Nasonovskiy.
“In order to present our culture objectively we decided to look at it through a European’s perspective, through the eyes of a man born in the very heart of Europe: prominent director Daniele Finzi Pasca. We wanted to see how Russian culture reflects in the world art context and which part of Russian culture has already become an integral part of world culture”, Konstantin Ernst said.
Spectators of the Closing Ceremony at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games once again met Lubov (Love), the young girl who was already introduced during the Opening Ceremony. Along with her new friends Valentina and Yura, she traveled through Russian culture, turning the pages of Russian literature, enjoying the magic of Russian art and listening to the wonderful sounds of Russian music. As per tradition, a part of the Closing Ceremony was dedicated to handing the Olympic flag over to the host of the future Winter Games – the city of PyeongChang (South Koreea). Spectators attended an eight-minute show introducing Korea’s five-millennia-old history.

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