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Winter Olympics: Russia and U.S. Finish Atop Medals Haul in Sochi

The Sochi Winter Olympics came to a close on Sunday, with host Russia finished just ahead of the United States in the medal standings othe U.S. men's hockey team finishing off the podium with a disappointing 5-0 loss to Finland in the bronze medal game.

Here's a recap of the final weekend of the Sochi Games.

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Backpacks are available for purchase at the Winter Olympics shop at the Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo: Taylor Irby/BSU at the Games)
Backpacks are available for purchase at the Winter Olympics shop at the Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Taylor Irby/BSU at the Games)
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Winter Olympics: Not Taking Home a Medal? How About a Souvenir?

By Jeremy Ervin | BSU at the Games

Sochi Winter Olympics gear is the hot item no matter where you go in Sochi, Russia.

Every train station, sidewalk and stairway is full of people sporting red, white and blue Russia hats and jackets and knit IOC mittens in Olympic-ring colors.

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Evgenia Pochenkova has been living in Sochi, Russia, for almost two years. (Photo: K.Green/BSU at the Games)
Evgenia Pochenkova has been living in Sochi, Russia, for almost two years. (Photo: K.Green/BSU at the Games)
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Winter Olympics: Sochi Endures for its Celebrated Games

By Holly Demaree | BSU at the Games
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The Sochi Winter Olympics are 17 days of competition that ends Sunday.

For some spectators, getting to the Winter Olympics takes more than a day of constant travel, with the inconvenience and jet lag drifting away on arrival in the Black Sea resort city.

For Sochi's residents, however, these have been moment

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Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 13 - Canada v United States
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Winter Olympics: Canada Tops U.S. in OT to Win Women’s Hockey Gold

Canada's women's hockey team beat the United States 3-2 in overtime in the gold medal game on Thursday at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Here's a recap of Thursday's action in Sochi

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Sochi Winter Olympics Recap 2-19
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Winter Olympics: U.S. Men’s Hockey Team Advances to Semis Against Canada

The U.S. men's hockey team cleared another hurdle in its pursuit of gold, and the Americans seized the overall medal lead.

Here's a recap of Wednesday's action at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

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Meryl Davis and Charlie White, both of Michigan, display the gold medals they earned for winning the figure skating ice dancing competition at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. (Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Meryl Davis and Charlie White, both of Michigan, display the gold medals they earned for winning the figure skating ice dancing competition at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. (Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Winter Olympics Offer Vision of Better World — If Anyone is Watching

By Adrianna Howell | BSU at the Games

Please raise your hand if you remember all the hype and hubbub of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

Please keep your hand up if you knew this year was also an Olympic year.

Why is it that the Summer Games seem to draw so much more of a crowd than the Winter Games?

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Freestyle Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 11
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Winter Olympics: U.S. Skier David Wise Wins Halfpipe Gold

A U.S. skier won a new Winter Olympics event, and the Dutch skated back atop the medals table.

Here's a recap of Tuesday's action in Sochi, Russia.

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Charlie White and Meryl Davis
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Winter Olympics: Michigan’s Meryl Davis and Charlie White Win Ice Dancing Gold

An American ice dancing team from Michigan made history, and the U.S. and Russia finished Monday tied atop the medals table.

Here's a recap of the day's action in Sochi.

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The Olympic rings hang outside the main train station in Sochi, Russia, which is hosting the Winter Olympics. (Photo: Getty Images)
The Olympic rings hang outside the main train station in Sochi, Russia, which is hosting the Winter Olympics. (Photo: Getty Images)
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Winter Olympics: A Cab Driver’s View of Sochi

By Holly Demaree | BSU at the Games

Walking the streets of Adler after midnight during a light rain, it’s not easy to maneuver.

But taxi drivers are readily available in the Sochi, Russia, suburb. The drivers tend to park their cars in groups on the roadside, where they lean against vehicles to chat and smoke.

The price of a taxi ride is determined by one's haggling skills. If more than one car is needed, then a debate on prices ensues with two drivers.

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Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 9 - Slovenia v United States
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Winter Olympics: U.S. Men’s Hockey Team Beats Slovenia and Russia; Clinches Group

The U.S. men's hockey team remained undefeated with two weekend wins and The Netherlands claimed the overall medals lead at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.

Here's a recap of this weekend's action in Sochi.

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A visitor poses next to a Sochi Winter Olympics security officer last week at Rosa Khutor Mountain's cluster village in Sochi, Russia. (Photo:Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
A visitor poses next to a Sochi Winter Olympics security officer last week at Rosa Khutor Mountain's cluster village in Sochi, Russia. (Photo:Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
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Winter Olympics: Securing the Sochi Games [Video]

By Joe Ruley | BSU at the Games

Russia has created one of the world’s largest security forces for the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Doug Fry is in Sochi, Russia, to cheer on his daughter, Lyndsey Fry, a forward on the U.S. women's hockey team. The Chandler, Ariz., resident doesn't mind the security at Shayba Arena and elsewhere in Sochi given the potential threats.

“It makes me feel better, and I don’t think it’s intrusive at all considering this is a dangerous time to live in," he said. "It takes five minutes."

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Winter Olympics: U.S. Ties Norway for Medals Lead

Team USA forged a tie with Norway for the overall medal lead, and Japan won its first Olympic gold medal in men's figure skating at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Friday.

Here's a recap of Friday's action in Russia.

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