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Sochi Olympics

It was a day of triumph for the United States in Russia.
In perhaps the most storied rivalry in the winter Olympics, the US and Russian hockey teams met on the ice, in one of the most dramatic contests in Olympic history.

Fans packed the Bolshoy Ice Dome to see Russia play the United States in Olympic hockey.
    What they saw was an epic sports showdown.

Cam Fowler scored 1st for the US team. With the score tied at one, Joe Pavelski's goal put the US team ahead.

The Russians came back and the score stood 2-2 at the end of regulaion, with the Captain Pavel Datsyuk notching both scores for the Russians.
    As Russian President Putin looked on, the game came down to the high-noon drama of the shootout.

The St. Louis Blue's forward T.J. Oshie was pitted against Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

The two dueled over the puck, shot after shot in thrilling succession.
    Oshie scored on his first try, a low shot between the goalie's legs.

The Russians came back, but Oshie fought them off, twice getting the drop on Bobrovsky and tying the game in dramatic hand-to-hand clashes.

At one point, the Russian team seemed to score the go-ahead goal, but it was disallowed because the net had come off its moorings befroe the puck went it.
T.J. Oshie went four for six in the shootout, including the winning goal in the 3-2 victory.

In the men's skeleton, Matthew Antonie of the US grabbed the bronze medal.

A change of clothes did nothing to change the fortunes of US speedskaters.
The American team ditched high-tech outfits they thought were holding them back.

The concern was that a vent in the back was creating drag. But a switch back to an earlier version could not place the US team any better than 7th.

And a sad note: The Russian skier Maria Komissarova was badly injured in a training accident. Doctors spent more than six hours trying to repair her fractured spine.
    They say the operation was successful. But komissarova faces more surgery.