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Shock and awe in Sochi: Team USA's Day 13 recap
Tremors were sent through the sports world on Thursday with shocking finales to the women's hockey tournament and the ladies figure skating event. See how the Americans fared on Day 13.
Women's hockey: Gold medal game (USA vs. Canada)
The U.S. Women's Hockey Team led Canada 2-0 with 3:26 left in the game, and looked to be on their way to avenging the loss they had in the 2010 final to the Canadians. But, in one of the most remarkable comebacks in Olympic hockey history, the 2010 champs fought feverishly from behind in the final moments, scoring two goals and sent the game to a sudden death overtime. The U.S. had a chance to ice the game with an empty net goal with under 1:30 left, but the puck sent down by Kelli Stack hit the post and the game remained a one goal contest.
WATCH: USA hits post on empty netter
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Canada's Marie-Philip Poulin scored the game-tying goal with 54.6 seconds to go in regulation and sent the game to a twenty minute overtime period.
OT started with a handful of shots from the Americans, as they pressed for the win. But shortly after, Canadian Hayley Wickenheiser got a breakaway and was taken down from behind by Hilary Knight, who took a penalty on the call. On the ensuing power play, Poulin struck again, scoring the Olympic title-winning goal at 8:10 of the sudden death period.
WATCH: Canada scores gold-medal winning overtime goal
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Canada has now won four consecutive Olympic gold medals in women's hockey. The U.S. has been shut out from the top spot on the podium since they won the inaugural Olympic tournament in 1998.
Rounding out the 2014 podium was Switzerland, who defeated Sweden in the bronze medal game, 4-3. The medal was the first won by a Swiss woman's hockey team, and the first for the country since the men's team in 1948.
Figure skating: Ladies free skate
Only two female figure skaters—Katarina Witt and Sonja Henie—have successfully defended their Olympic titles, and Yuna Kim fell short in her bid to join them with a calm, error-free long program that wasn’t enough to win gold. Instead, the Russian 17-year-old Adelina Sotnikova made history of her own, becoming the first Russian woman to win Olympic gold in singles figure skating. The enthusiastic support of the home crowd helped Sotnikova land seven triple jumps (in contrast to Kim’s six). Kim took silver and Carolina Kostner of Italy took bronze, a dramatic improvement from her 16th place finish in Vancouver after fall-laden performances. The medal was Italy's first ever in figure skating.
PHOTOS: Getting to know the new Olympic figure skating gold medal winner
Embedded owg_slideshow: Getting to know Olympic gold medalist figure skater Adelina Sotnikova
The American trio were not able to reach the podium. Nine points behind Kostner, Gracie Gold failed to skate clean and finished fourth. Several two-footed landings from Ashley Wagner knocked her to seventh place, and 15-year-old Polina Edmunds ended in ninth.
Other notable finishes included Mao Asada and Yulia Lipnitskaya. Asada was 16th after a disastrous short program, but a triumphant skate on Thursday brought her to sixth. Lipnitskaya couldn’t replicate her flawless performances from the team program and fell again in her free skate, finishing a disappointing fifth.
Freestyle skiing: Women's ski halfpipe
American Maddie Bowman completed a sweep of the ski halfpipe titles at the 2014 Games, when she won the inaugural women's event at the Olympics. Bowman’s high scoring run edged out Marie Martinod of France, who claimed the silver medal, and Ayana Onozuka of Japan, who finished third. American Brita Sigourney, who notched the second highest score in the qualifying round to make it to the final, fell during both her runs, ultimately placing sixth. Teammates Annalisa Drew and Angeli VanLaanen finished in 9th and 11th place, respectively.
The night also paid special tribute to the Canadian freestyle skiing icon Sarah Burke, who passed away in 2012 after suffering a traumatic head injury while training in a superpipe. Burke was one of the leading advocates to have a number of events, including ski halfpipe, added to the Winter Olympics. Burke’s parents, Gordon Burke and Jan Phelan, were in attendance.
PHOTOS: Bowman wins first ever Olympics women's ski halfpipe
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Freestyle skiing: Men's ski cross
The French swept the podium in men’s ski cross, with Jean Frederic Chapuis taking gold, Arnaud Bovolenta silver and Jonathan Midol bronze. The three medals bring France’s total medal count to 14, the highest ever for the French at a Winter Olympics. The lone American in the event, John Teller, came in 28th place.
WATCH: Wild ski cross quarterfinal ends in 3-way photo finish for second
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Nordic combined: Team large hill
Norway earned their second gold medal in three days after winning the Nordic combined team large hill event. The Norwegians edged out the German team, who took silver, while Austria claimed the bronze. The United States finished sixth overall after France and Japan. Six-time Olympian Todd Lodwick, at the age of 37, will retire after the Sochi Games. He will do so without earning any medals in his final Olympics.
PHOTOS: Top images of Day 13
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The women’s curling final provided a rematch of the 2010 Vancouver Games between Sweden and Canada. Team Canada was victorious this time around, defeating the Swedish team 6-3. The win brought Canada to a perfect 11-0 in the tournament and was the first gold for the Canadian women's curling team in 16 years. The bronze medal match was won by Great Britain, who defeated Switzerland 6-5. The men’s final takes place on Friday and pits Great Britain against the men’s Canadian team.
PHOTOS: Day 13 medal ceremonies
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