Nikita Gusev scored a stunning goal in sudden-death overtime as the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation pulled off a 4-3 victory over Germany Sunday in the finals of the Men's Ice Hockey event at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Even if they do will parade behind the flag of their country at the closing ceremony, the Russian players will celebrate the first olympic gold medal for their nation in men's hockey since the Games in Albertville in 1992.
As neutral athletes, they were barred from having their flag raised or anthem played at the medal ceremony. In close proximity - though with no apparent communication between Trump and Kim - they watched a spirited, elaborate show that concluded the Pyeongchang Games.
Bjoergen's latest medal also gave Norway 14 overall in cross-country skiing in Pyeongchang, breaking the record of 13 held by the Soviet Union in 1988.
Just 10 seconds later, Germany's Dominik Kahun tied it at 2 with a wrister all alone in the slot, fed by Frank Mauer from behind the net off a dump-in.
Immediately the Russians celebrated on the ice.
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They were representing "Olympic Athletes from Russia" under strict guidelines including a ban on Russia's flag, national colors and the national anthem. With 6:40 remaining in regulation, Gusev scored a dandy, patiently out-waiting aus den Birken, who committed to covering a cross-ice pass, cheated off his post and was beat high over the short side for what looked like it would be the game-winning goal as OAR went ahead 2-1.
Russian Federation is taking home the gold medal in men's hockey after beating Germany Saturday night, and that's a good thing in the grand scheme of the Olympics.
Still, Germany's run to its first gold-medal game won't soon be forgotten.
"It feels good but I have accomplished my dream", Datsyuk said.
They have been on a tear since dropping their first game of the Olympics to Slovakia, outscoring their next four opponents 21-3. "Now I have no dream", he told the media after the event, via The Herald Sun. Prior to this medal, Germany's ice hockey has combined for an underwhelming two bronze medals, both coming from the Men's team in 1976 and 1932.
Russian Federation is banned from competing at the Games because of state-sponsored doping but the International Olympic Committee announced on Sunday that their Olympic ban will be lifted if there are no more doping violations from their athletes at Pyeongchang 2018. Team Captain Pavel Datsyuk said that this gold medal meant more to him than when he won the Stanley Cup twice because you are playing for your country. "We didn't win Olympics since '92", Kovalchuk said.