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The future is now: Team USA's Day 14 recap
The final Friday of the Sochi Games featured the highest of highs and lowest of lows for the U.S. Olympic Team as a teenage skiing sensation made Olympic history and Team USA bowed out of the men's hockey tournament. See how the Americans fared on Day 14.
Alpine skiing: Women's slalom
Eighteen-year-old American Mikaela Shiffrin made Alpine skiing history by winning gold in slalom and becoming the youngest Olympic champion ever in that event. Showing incredible speed and agility on the difficult course in Rosa Khutor, Shiffrin built up an impressive lead in her first run. She then hung on in her second to beat two Austrians, Marlies Schild and Kathrin Zettel. Schild’s silver is her third straight Olympic medal in the slalom event, but she has yet to win gold.
Shiffrin, a Colorado native, now holds a full set of championship titles in the slalom event: Olympic, world and the 2013 season-long World Cup title. Her gold brings the medal count for the U.S. Alpine skiing team to five, including a gold in the men’s giant slalom from Ted Ligety.
PHOTOS: Mikaela Shiffrin - Sochi's slalom golden girl
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Hockey: Men's semifinals
Team USA and Canada met in the men's hockey semifinals on Friday in a highly anticipated rematch of the 2010 Olympic final. Heading into the semifinal matchup, both the Americans and Canadians were undefeated, with the U.S. averaging five goals per game. Canada ended America's streak, by clamping down on their red-hot offense, and shut them out of the chase for gold with a 1-0 win.
After the first period of play it looked like anyone’s game with both teams unable to get on the board. Canada took control in the second period when Jamie Benn scored the only goal of the game. Goaltender Carey Price shut down America's impressive offensive attack, stopping all 31 shots that he faced.
WATCH: Canada gets on the board first in semifinal vs. U.S.
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The Americans had a fighting chance thanks to a nearly flawless effort by Jonathan Quick in the net. Quick stopped 36 of 37 shots, but it wasn’t enough to give the Americans a victory. Missed opportunities ended up being the American's downfall: they failed to optimize on three power play chances and Canada’s defense flustered them time and time again.
Canada advances to Sunday's final, where they will look to successfully defend their Olympic title. They will face off against Sweden, who defeated Finland 2-1 earlier in the day to advance to the gold medal game. This will mark the first time since 1998 that a North American country will face a European country for gold. Team USA will meet Finland on Saturday at 10am ET for the bronze medal.
WATCH: Team USA can't find net in final minute vs. Canada
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Short track: Men's 500m, Women's 1000m, Men's 5000m relay
Friday marked the final day for short track, with three gold medal events contested. The U.S. entered the day having been shut out from the podium in short track. The Americans snapped the drought in the last event, winning the silver in the 5000m relay. J.R. Celski, Eddy Alvarez, Chris Creveling and Jordan Malone finished second to the Russians, who took home the gold thanks to the strong effort by Viktor Ahn, Semen Elistratov, Vladamir Grigorev and Ruslan Zakharov. The win gave Ahn a record-tying eighth career medal (four with Russia, four with South Korea). China ended up with the bronze after crashing on the first lap.
The gold for Ahn was his second of the day, after having won the men's 500m earlier in the day. Wu Danjing of China took the silver medal and Canada’s Charle Cournoyer nabbed the bronze. J.R. Celski finished second in the B final, which meant a sixth place overall finish.
The women’s 1000m was won by South Korea’s Park Seung-hi, her third medal of the Games. Park overtook American Jessica Smith and stayed in the lead the entire race. Fan Kexin of China took the silver medal, while South Morea’s Shim Suk-hee claimed bronze. Jessica Smith finished last in the four woman final, placing fourth in the event.
PHOTOS: Russia wins men's 5000m relay, U.S. right behind them
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Long track speed skating: Men's and women's team pursuit
The American long track speed skaters were shut out from winning a medal at the Olympics for the first time since 1984. The men's and women's teams were both eliminated from the team pursuit event on Friday.
Shani Davis, Jonathan Kuck and Brian Hansen capped the dismal performance in Sochi, by losing to Canada by 3.52 seconds.
The American women were beaten by the Dutch by 3.60 seconds in the quarterfinals, but will race in Saturday’s “C” final for fifth or sixth place. Either will be their best showing of the Games, as no American long track speed skater has gone higher than seventh place in Sochi.
Biathlon: Women's 4x6km relay
While unrest in Kiev grows deadly, the Ukrainian biathlon team triumphed in the 4x6km relay in Sochi. This was the first Olympic gold for the Ukraine since Oksana Baiul's figure skating gold in 1994. The American team, consisting of Susan Dunklee, Hannah Dreissigacker, Sara Studebaker and Annelies Cook, finished in seventh place - their best ever result in the event.
Freestyle skiing: Women's ski cross
In the final freestyle skiing event of the Sochi Olympics, the women’s ski cross finals, Canada’s Marielle Thompson won gold. She shared the podium with fellow teammate Kelsey Serwa, who won silver, making it Canada's third gold-silver finish in Sochi. Anna Holmlund of Sweden took the bronze medal.
PHOTOS: Top images of Day 14
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The Canadian men’s team trounced Great Britain 9-3 in the gold medal match, one day after the women's team defeated Sweden to win the women's tournament. Canada led 6-1 after four ends and the British conceded defeat in the eighth end due to the large point differential. The bronze medal went to Sweden after a 6-4 win over China. Canada became the first country in Olympic history to win both men’s and women’s curling golds in the same Olympics.
PHOTOS: Day 14 medal ceremonies
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