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Fight to the finish: Team USA's Day 15 recap
The streak of Team USA reaching the podium on every day of the Sochi Games came to an end on the final Saturday of competition. As the 2014 Olympics wind down, the race between the U.S. and Russia to win the medal count heads into the final stretch. See how the Americans fared on Day 15.
Hockey: Men's bronze medal game
The U.S. men's hockey team was hoping to come home with a bronze medal after their fight for gold came to an end with a loss to Canada in Friday's semifinal. But instead they'll leave Sochi empty-handed after being pounded by Finland 5-0 on Saturday. By claiming bronze the Finns became the first hockey team to win four Olympic medals, since NHL players began participating in the Olympics in 1998.
A scoreless first period made it appear to be anyone’s game, but Finland broke out early in the second period when Teemu Selanne scored the first of his two goals. The 43-year-old became the oldest medal winner in men's Olympic hockey history.
WATCH: Finland crushes U.S. in men's bronze medal game
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Patrick Kane missed a pair of penalty shots that could’ve put the Americans back on track, but instead the team failed to score for the second game in a row. Tuukka Rask was back in net for Finland after missing Friday’s semifinal loss to Sweden due to illness, and stopped all 27 shots that he faced.
U.S. goalie Jonathan Quick stopped 24 of the 29 shots he faced, and was not pleased with the Americans' effort, saying after the game, "There's no reason we show up and not piss a drop."
Canada will look to defend its Olympic title on Sunday, as they face off against Sweden in the men's gold medal game, scheduled for 12 p.m. ET.
PHOTOS: Men's bronze medal game
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Alpine skiing: Men's slalom
Austrian Mario Matt edged out the gold-medal favorite, fellow Austrian Marcel Hirscher, for first place in the final Alpine skiing event at the Sochi Games. With the win in the slalom, the 35-year-old Matt becomes the oldest Alpine skiing Olympic champion. Hirscher took silver and Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway won bronze. Austrian Alpine skiers have won nine medals in Sochi, while the Americans took home five.
The slushy course proved tricky for many skiers—five of the last eight racers did not finish. American Ted Ligety was sixth after his first run but then slid off the course during his second, unable to finish.
Also receiving a DNF was Hubertus Von Hohenlohe, the 55-year-old German prince representing Mexico. Hohenlohe attracted attention for his ski suit, which was designed to look like a traditional mariachi costume.
WATCH: Meet the 55-year-old Mexican Olympian
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Bobsled: Men's 4-man
The men's 4-man bobsled event is shaping up for an epic finish to the Sochi Games on Sunday. Going into the final two runs, the top four sleds are separated by only 17-hundreths of a second, making it the closest four-man race in Olympic history through two runs.
The defending Olympic champion in the four-man, American Steven Holcomb, has USA-1 in fourth place, just 17-hundreths of a second behind the Russian sled piloted by Aleksandr Zubkov. The 39-year-old Russian took the 2-man event earlier in the week, and will look to become the sixth driver in history to win two bobsled races at an Olympics.
PHOTOS: Top images from Day 15
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Snowboarding: Men's and women's parallel slalom
American-born snowboarder Vic Wild won the gold medal in the men’s parallel slalom event, his second while competing for his adopted nation of Russia. Wild defeated Switzerland’s Nevin Galmarini in the men's final, while the bronze medal was awarded to Slovenia’s Zan Kosir after he bested Germany’s Patrick Pussler. The lone American representative, Justin Reiter, was disqualified for tracking a gate during his first run. Austria’s Julia Dujmovits won the women’s event over Anke Karstens of Germany and the bronze was grabbed by Germany’s Amelie Kober. The gold medal was Dujmovits’s first of her career.
WATCH: Why Vic Wild left the U.S.
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Speed skating: Men's and women's team pursuit
The Dutch speed skaters wrapped up the Sochi Games in the dominant fashion that they've shown over the last two weeks, winning both the men’s and women’s team pursuit events. They will leave Sochi with an astounding 23 medals in speed skating events, handily beating the previous record of 13 medals set by East Germany in 1988. Both the men’s and women’s teams won in Olympic-record time. In the women’s event, Poland took silver and Russia claimed bronze. In the men’s event, South Korea earned silver and Poland won bronze.
Cross country: Women's 30km mass start
Norway swept the women’s 30km mass start: Marit Bjorgen took gold, Therese Johaug took silver and Kirstin Stormer Steira took bronze. For Bjorgen, the win marked her sixth career gold medal and meant she equaled the record for the most decorated female Winter Olympian in history. The race may have been her Olympic farewell, but Bjorgen says she won't make a decision until after next year’s world championships.
PHOTOS: Day 15 medal ceremonies
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Biathlon: Men's 4x7km relay
Despite missing eight targets, the Russian men’s 4x7.5km relay team took the gold medal in the penultimate day of competition. The gold is Russia’s 11th gold medal at the Sochi Games and the home country leads the overall medal count with 29 total.
The Russian relay team finished 3.5 seconds ahead of Germany, who took silver, and almost a half-minute ahead of bronze medal-winning Austria.
The United States looked to be in medal contention but all hopes vanished once Russel Currier had to ski three penalty loops after errant shooting, and the Americans ultimately finished 16th. Also leaving disappointed was Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, who gave his Norwegian teammates a large lead only to see it squandered by three missed shots at the final shooting station. Bjoerndalen, already the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time, hoped to end the Sochi Games with another medal but his team placed fourth.
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