Sochi Olympics: three medal sets will be awarded on the last day of the Games. LIVE UPDATES
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On the last day of Sochi Winter Olympic Games three medal sets will be awarded in three disciplines: Bobsleigh (four-man), cross country skiing (men's mass start), and ice hockey (men's gold). The grandiose Closing Ceremony of the Olympics is due to begin at 8 pm MSK (4 pm GMT).
Cross country skiing - men's mass start
The last skiing event of the 2014 Winter Olympics is the straightforward mass start, the longest distance race of any sport at the Games. Athletes start together, ski for 50km and the first across the line wins. Norwegian superstar and favourite Petter Northug has long maintained a fierce (if light-hearted) rivalry with his Swedish neighbours, whose hopes here are led by Johan Olsson.
Bobsleigh - four-man third and fourth heats
Russia's bobsleigh team has high hopes for a gold medal. We will all be waiting for the results.
Ice hockey - men's final
One gold medal is left to be won by this point, and it may well be the most important for at least two nations. Canadians cannot consider a Winter Olympics to be a success if they have not claimed hockey gold and they are in the final against Sweden.
The last action of the Sochi Olympic Games features speeches, the lowering of the Olympic flag and a ceremonial handing-over to Pyeongchang, South Korea, which will host the next Winter Games in 2018. However, Sochi's Games are by no means over - the Winter Paralympics begin on 7 March and run until 16 March.
Voice of Russia
All the medals are handed out. Russia won the medal count, staged an excellent Olympics, and now it’s time to end it with a party. The closing ceremony is to start at 8.15 pm Moscow time (4.15 pm GMT). Don't forget to check our live report on the ceremony.
At the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Russia’s national team has set a record in both the total medal table and the number of golds. Besides, the record of the former USSR team in the total number of medals was surpassed and in the number of golds – repeated. Altogether , the Russian athletes have won 33 medals, including 13 golds, 11 silvers and 9 bronze medals.
Competitions at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics have ended today – on February 23, and Russia’s team has become the winner in team count.
Canada beat Sweden 3-0 in the final of the men's ice hockey tournament to win the last gold medal of the Sochi Games
"Canada barely won against the US and it looks like Sweden had some tough game against Finland – it was a close match. So it is going to be interesting, but I think Sweden is going to win," Russian hockey player Alexei Kovalyov told in an interview with the VoR.
The president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, praised the organization of the Sochi Olympics during the 126th IOC session, saying that the Games have been excellently run and all the members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have enjoyed themselves, reports sports news agency R-Sport. Bach praised the Russian hospitality, adding that he was sure the IOC members would want to come back to Sochi and Russia many more times in the future.
Russian team wins gold in four-man bobsleigh
The Russian four-man bobsled crew of Alexander Zubkov extended its lead at the Sochi Olympic competition ahead of the final run on Sunday. In the third run Zubkov, who won gold in the two-man competition, clocked the best time of 55.02 seconds and now has a 0.17 second advantage over Latvia's Oskars Melbardis.Defending champion Steven Holcomb of the United States moved one position up to third, but trails by 0.45 seconds, a huge gap.
Russia ranks first in the Olympic team standing, said Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko. "We can say today with certainty that Russia has emerged victorious in team standing," he told the press after the men's 50-kilometer ski marathon, where all three medals were won by Russian skiers. Mutko congratulated the Russian winners.
Two-time Olympic champion in figure skating, Maksim Trankov, will be Russia’s flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, which will take place at the Fisht Olympic Stadium at 20:00MSK on Sunday. Together with Tatiana Volosozhar, Trankov won gold medals in pairs skating and the inaugural team event at the Sochi Games.
The success ensured Russia will finish top of the medal count at the Sochi Olympics. The country currently has 12 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze medals.
Russian cross-country skiers have swept the podium in the men's 50 kilometers mass start race on the final day of the home Olympics in Sochi. Aleksandr Legkov needed 1:46:55.2 to complete the marathon distance at the Laura Center.
Vitalijs Pavlovs, from Latvia’s men’s ice hockey team, tested positive for an energy-boosting drug and was immediately disqualified by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the organization said in a statement. Pavlovs, 24, was tested on 19 February after Latvia's 2-1 loss to Canada.
Duerr is the fifth athlete to be excluded over a positive doping test from the Sochi Games, where the International Olympic Committee is carrying out more tests than ever with a new emphasis on pre-competition tests.
Johannes Duerr, who had been due to take part in the men's 50km Sunday on the final day of the Games, tested positive for EPO in a pre-competition test in Austria on February 16, organisers said in a statement.
A leading Austrian cross country skier has tested positive for the banned substance Erythropoietin (EPO) and has been thrown out of the final nordic race at the Sochi Olympics, organisers said Sunday.
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