Olympics: Canada Wins Back-to-Back Men's Hockey Gold; Russia Tops Medal Count
by Joyce Eng
Carl Hagelin #62 of Sweden and Marc-Edouard Vlasic #44 of Canada
Canada routed Sweden 3-0 to defend its men’s hockey Olympic gold medal Sunday.
The Canadians scored in each period, behind Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz, and shut out its opponent for the second consecutive game. The gold is Canada’s third in the last four Olympics and first off North American soil since they won in Oslo in 1952, the last time they claimed back-to-back hockey golds.
Sweden, the 1994 and 2006 champ, won its first silver since 1964.
Russia had a sensational final day of competition. Aleksandr Legkov, Maksim Vylegzhanin and Ilia Chernousov completed a sweep of the cross-country 50-kilometer mass start. Russia then won the bobsled four-man event, piloted by two-man champ Aleksandr Zubkov, over Latvia in second and the U.S., the defending champ led by Steven Holcomb, in third. Zubkov is the sixth person to sweep both bobsled events in the same Games.
The haul put Russia on top of the medal standings in total count with 33 (13 gold, 11 silver, nine bronze) and most golds won. Russia is the first Winter host nation to lead both categories since Norway in 1952 and it topped a Winter Olympics medal table for the first time (the USSR did so in 1988). It is also only the fifth country to win more than 30 medals at a Winter Games.
The U.S. finished second with 28 (nine gold, seven silver, 12 bronze) and Norway was third with 26 (11 gold, five silver, 10 bronze).