Sochi Winter Olympics Recap — Canadian Women Top U.S. in OT for Hockey Gold
Canada's women's hockey team beat the United States in overtime in the gold medal game on Thursday. Here's a recap of all the day's action in Sochi:
Canada Wins Women's Hockey Gold, 3-2
Marie-Philip Poulin scored a power-play goal at 8:10 of overtime, and Canada beat the U.S., 3-2, to win the gold medal in women's hockey at the Winter Olympics in Sochi on Thursday. Down 2-0 with more than 3 minutes remaining in regulation, the Canadians rallied to tie on Poulin's goal with 54.6 seconds to play.
Up 2-1, the Americans nearly tallied an empty net goal that could have clinched the victory, but Kelli Stack's clearing shot missed by inches late in the third period.
Instead, the U.S. was forced to watch their rivals tie, win and celebrate their fourth consecutive Olympic gold. Shannon Szabados made 27 saves for Canada, allowing goals to Meghan Duggan and Alex Carpenter before her team rallied.
Switzerland beat Sweden, 4-3, to claim the bronze medal.
Maddie Bowman Claims Halfpipe Gold
American Maddie Bowman captured the first-ever gold medal in women's Olympic halfpipe skiing on Thursday at Sochi. The 20-year-old from South Lake Tahoe, Calif. used several spins to score an 89.00 and beat Marie Martinod of France, who claimed the silver medal. Ayana Onozuka of Japan took the bronze.
Russia's Adelina Sotnikova Wins Figure Skating Gold
Russian Adelina Sotnikova gave the host country its first-ever gold medal in women's Olympic figure skating with a dazzling free skate on Thursday. The 17-year-old outpointed the entire field including teammate Julia Lipnitskaia.
Defending Olympic champ Kim Yu-na of South Korea earned the silver medal with Italy's Carolina Kostner taking the bronze. Americans Gracie Gold and Ashley Wagner finished fourth and seventh respectively,
Canada Wins Women's Curling
Canada beat Sweden, 6-3, and captured the gold medal in women's curling at the Sochi Games on Thursday. The Canadian team went undefeated throughout the Olympic tournament. By beating the Swedes, the Canadians avenged their loss in the final at the Vancouver Games in 2010. Britain beat Switzerland, 6-5, to win the bronze medal.
Skier Maddie Bowman and the American women's hockey team helped the United States remain in first place in the overall medal count with 25. Norway led all countries with 10 gold medals.
United States (25)
8 gold; 6 silver; 11 bronze
7 gold; 9 silver; 7 bronze
6 gold; 7 silver; 9 bronze
10 gold; 4 silver; 7 bronze
7 gold; 9 silver; 4 bronze