Russia Clinches Overall Medals Title

Russia sweep

SOCHI, Russia — Alexander Legkov’s victory in the men’s 50-kilometer cross-country race Sunday clinched the overall medals title for the host nation at the Sochi Games.

Legkov led a sweep of the podium for Russia in the 50K. Russia started the day tied with Norway for the most gold medals and a two-medal lead over the United States and finished with 13 golds and 33 total medals. The U.S. won nine gold medals and 28 total in Sochi.

With only three events on the final day of competition — cross-country, four-man bobsled and the men’s hockey gold-medal game — the Russians didn’t waste any time in sealing the deal.

Norway figured to challenge the Russians in cross-country, but Martin Johnsrud Sundby finished fourth while Russians Maxim Vylegzhanin and Ilia Chernousov took silver and bronze.

The three skiers had a wild celebration at the finish line.

Source: Associated Press

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