Friday, 20 July, 2018


'Olympic Athletes From Russia' Beat Germany For Men's Hockey Gold

'Olympic Athletes From Russia' Beat Germany For Men's Hockey Gold 'Olympic Athletes From Russia' Beat Germany For Men's Hockey Gold
Noah Ferguson | 25 February, 2018, 17:43

Russia's athletes were forced to compete in neutral Olympic gear rather than Russian colours.

"Everybody is up in Russian Federation and they are celebrating". "You play for your country, it is more important". "It feels good to do something like that for the country".

"With the support of our fans and loved ones, a big thank you", Datsyuk said. "We're all happy and especially in this moment for Russian Federation".

The dream Russian Federation couldn't reach with National Hockey League stars finally happened with Kaprizov scoring the victor on the power play 9:40 into overtime as Patrick Reimer sat in the penalty box for a high-sticking infraction. That was my dream for when I was five years old, when I started playing. "Now I have no dream".

Russian ice hockey players have sung their national anthem after clinching the gold medal in overtime against Germany at the Winter Olympic Games, despite the anthem being banned as punishment for a years-long Russian doping scandal.

Then they represented the Unified Team, only a few weeks after the breakup of the Soviet Union, whose hockey dynasty captured eight Olympic golds.

The team's assistant captain Ilya Kovalchuk said the players had discussed beforehand whether to sing the anthem if they were to win, and they agreed they would.

Singing the Russian anthem on the field of play is a violation of the IOC's rules on neutrality, which were imposed on Russia as part of sanctions punishing the nation over systematic doping. "We knew we would do it if we won".

There were no Russian flags or uniforms at the closing ceremony.

Russia's only previous gold at Pyeongchang went to women's figure skater Alina Zagitova. The Germans kept pace at points, but Russian Federation did a much better moving the puck.

Team Russia won 13 gold at the Winter Games it hosted in Sochi in 2014, but later lost two for doping. "It took me nearly 30 years but it feels really good".

This is a chance for the Germans to finish off one of the most incredible performances in the history of Olympic hockey.

The Germans were seconds from pulling off a Wunder auf Eis (Miracle on Ice) upset before Russian Nikita Gusev's shorthanded equaliser with 55.5 seconds remaining led to the sudden death extra period.

A victory by Germany would surely go down in hockey history as one of the greatest upsets ever alongside the Americans' "Miracle on Ice" in 1980.

"We all thought we would be sitting at home watching that final on the couch at home, but here we are", Sturm said. The game became a thriller when just 10 seconds after a goal by Russian forward Nikita Gusev, Germany answered with a game-tying goal yet again - this time by Dominik Kahun - making the score 2-2. With three minutes to go, Jonas Muller scored the biggest goal of his career as his first worldwide point beat the Russian netminder from the high slot, marking the biggest goal in German hockey history at that point.

Victories over Switzerland, Sweden, and Canada in elimination playoff games paved the way for what's already the best showing by Germany ever.

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