XXII Winter Olympics - Sochi, Russia - Feb. 6 thru Feb 23 - NBC Networks..

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    That one hurts!!!!! And hit the post on a empty net shot that wouldve sealed it.
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    Total disappointment. Should fire the assistant coach that drew up OT power play! Canadian goalie hadn't left a fat rebound all game and that was the plan. #outcoached
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    This was probably my fault any way. I said I would trade this one for a win ttotomtomottomorrowtomorrowomo
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    Darn this mobile site!!!! Any chance for the app?
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    Canada had a former NHL All-star as their HC. USA had nobodys.
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    I'm kind of glad that empty netter didn't happen. The linesman did block that Canadian player from getting to the puck so it would have been kind of a bummer of a way to win the game on a questionable goal. Regardless of that almost goal, USA should have won it in regulation but couldn't quite hold it together in the waning minutes or in the OT. Though I'm bitter about their win, congrats go to Canada for gutting out the win. *sigh* Hopefully the USA men's hockey team beats Canada tomorrow (would be a bonus if they do it in a similar gut wrenching fashion)! :)
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    Total choke job, fire everyone.
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    Wooooooooooooooooooo
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    Maybe not fire everyone, but it definitely was a choke job.
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    Canada owns us in hockey.
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    Alvarez second South Florida athlete to medal in Sochi Olympics, joining Lauryn Williams

    By Craig Davis
    Sun Sentinel
    February 21, 2014


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    The U.S. men's relay team celebrates winning silver with the American flag. It was the first U.S. short track medal of the Olympics.


    Miami’s Eddy Alvarez became the second South Florida athlete to medal at the Sochi Olympics as he helped the United States to the silver medal Friday in the men’s 5,000-meter relay in short-track speedskating.

    Alvarez, 24, a graduate of Miami Columbus High, joins University of Miami alum Lauryn Williams, who earned a silver medal in women’s bobsled on Wednesday.

    The second-place finish behind Russia, which set an Olympic record, provided a happy ending to a frustrating Olympics for Alvarez and his teammates. Alvarez joins another Miami native, Jennifer Rodriguez, who won two bronze medals in long-track speedskating in 2002, as South Florida medalists in speedskating.

    It was a struggle to reach the podium for Alvarez. He was disqualified in the 1,500 meters, crashed out of the 1,000 meters and failed to advance out of the preliminaries of the 500, his best event.

    He was joined on the relay by long-time friend J.R. Celski, Chris Creveling and Jordan Malone.

    The U.S. got a break early in the final when skaters from the Netherlands and China fell, leaving it a two-team race for gold between Russia and the U.S.

    The Americans briefly led with a few laps remaining, but the Russians quickly pulled ahead again. Celski couldn’t catch Russian superstar Viktor Ahn, who sped to his eighth Olympic medal and third gold in these games.

    The U.S. had been shut out ofmedals in the first seven short-track events. Americans failed to medal in any of the 12 long-track events.

    Former Florida Atlantic basketball star Brittany Bowe is on the U.S. squad that will race for fifth place in women's team pursuit Saturday.
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    that deserves a dislike "(

    Blow off Canada. I hope the swedes send you home crying
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    Miami’s Eddy Alvarez finds silver lining in 5,000 short-track relay, helps U.S. speedskaters salvage a medal

    Linda Robertson
    The Miami Herald


    Miami’s Eddy Alvarez helped the 5,000 relay team win silver after American speedskaters had stumbled in Sochi.


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    From left, Eddy Alvarez of the United States, J.R. Celski of the United States, Chris Creveling of the United States and Jordan Malone of the United States stand on the podium after placing second during the flower ceremony for the men's 5000m short track speedskating relay final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.


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    Eddy Alvarez, who once dazzled South Beach tourists on Ocean Drive with his inline tricks, became the second Cuban-American to win a Winter Olympic medal on Feb. 21, 2014 with a silver in speedskating’s 5,000-meter relay at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi, Russia.


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    The USA's Eddy Alvarez (256) leads Russia's Semen Elistratov (251) during the short track men's 5000m relay final at the Iceberg Skating Palace at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. Russia won the gold medal, the USA took the silver, and China claimed the bronze.


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    Eddy Alvarez of the United States, center, embraces Victor An of Russia during the flower ceremony for the men's 5000m short track speedskating relay final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Russia finished first, followed by the United States and China.

    SOCHI, Russia -- Eddy Alvarez had spent more time on his backside than his blades during the Winter Olympics.

    At the treacherous short-track speedskating oval, which often resembled a demolition derby, Miami’s Alvarez experienced lots of spills and no thrills. But Friday, in the very last race for the beleaguered U.S. speedskaters, luck finally smiled on the team that stumbled on the threshold of every medal podium for the past two weeks.

    Alvarez and three teammates stayed upright throughout the nerve-wracking 5,000-meter relay and finished just .271 seconds behind Russia to take the silver medal.

    “We are not going home empty-handed, and that is awesome,” Alvarez said.

    Alvarez brought Miami spice to Sochi’s ice with his forceful style of racing. He became the second Cuban-American to win a Winter Olympic medal, following the path of four-time Olympian and two-time bronze medalist Jennifer Rodriguez, who also grew up in Miami. He became the second Miamian to win silver here, after bobsled brakeman Lauryn Williams did it in the mountains on Wednesday.

    Alvarez, who raced with Cuban flags appliquéd on the flaps of his skates, climbed into the stands to embrace his parents, Walter and Mabel, both born in Cuba. He gave his Olympic bouquet to his mother. He hugged his sister, Nicole. He felt a euphoric sense of relief.

    “The pressure had been building,” he said. “It’s been a rollercoaster ride, but I am so happy to get a silver medal for my home country and my parents’ home country.”

    In that moment, as Russian fans surrounding the Alvarez family slapped their shoulders and shook their hands, 20 years of memories flooded through the minds of Walter and Mabel: Alvarez, age 4, snaking around the furniture after receiving roller skates for Christmas, then becoming “Eddy the Jet,” a child phenom on Ocean Drive who dazzled South Beach tourists with his inline tricks. He took to the ice at a Kendall rink like a natural, and, at age 9, won national titles in inline, long track and short track in Pensacola, Butte, Mont., and Cleveland. In 2012, bilateral knee surgery almost ended Alvarez’s Olympic hopes, but a smooth recovery at home got him back on his skates. His parents were with him on every trip, through every setback, their odyssey culminating in Sochi.

    “A happy ending,” said Walter, whose American flag was held aloft by the skaters during their celebratory laps. “It was [a] rough meet, and the medal was the reward. Even by short-track standards, the number of falls was abnormal.”

    Alvarez, 24, began his Olympic schedule with a disqualification for pushing an Italian skater in the 1,500 meters. He was tackled when a Canadian skater fell in front of him in the 1,000 meters. He tangled and crashed in a heap with a South Korean skater who impeded him in a qualifying race for the relay, and the U.S. was advanced to the final upon video review. In a 500 heat, he slipped on a soft patch when trying to pass and went down again. He joked that he deserved a medal for his proficiency at slamming into the pads.

    But short trackers are equanimous characters, otherwise they wouldn’t be able to stomach the fact that so many races are decided by happenstance.

    What goes around and around, comes around and around. Remember how Australia’s Steven Bradbury won the 2002 Olympic 1,000-meter race when everyone in front of him crumpled in a last-turn pileup, and he cruised unscathed across the finish line, arms raised in triumph?

    The Americans got their share of good fortune in the relay, truly one of the more bizarre sights in sports, as exchanges are made when one skater pushes his teammate in the rear end. Instead of passing a baton, skaters deliver a shove of momentum, eight times each over 45 laps.

    On the first turn Friday, China’s lead skater fell, causing a chain reaction that took down the Netherlands’ skater and forced Kazakhstan to go wide. American Chris Creveling, in the back, side-stepped to avoid the carnage and stayed within striking distance of frontrunner Russia.

    The race should have been re-started because there was contact before the fourth block, said U.S. coach Steve Gough, “but the starter must not have been watching, and the referee couldn’t do anything at that point,” he said.

    The U.S. skaters churned along on the heels of the Russians, crouching low through tight corners. Alvarez, who gets the lightest push from the smallest guy on the team, Jordan Malone, kept making up gaps.

    The U.S. took the lead with 15 laps to go on Alvarez’s push of Creveling. But with eight left, Russia’s Victor An, the ex-South Korean star, slid past the U.S. and retook the lead. He held on to win his third gold in Sochi despite a furious anchor leg by J.R. Celski.

    “Our coach told us he was tired of seeing other countries celebrate,” Malone said. “To win silver is a huge weight off our backs.”

    At the 2010 Olympics, U.S. short-track athletes won six medals and long-track skaters won four. The speedskating team’s total of one medal is the biggest disappointment of the 2014 Games for the U.S.

    Short trackers bemoaned poor ice quality at the Iceberg Skating Palace, where the temperature fluctuated to accommodate figure skating events. It was like skating through ice cream and caused many falls and chain-reaction crashes.

    For Alvarez, whose best time would have put him in the medal mix in the 500, silver was sweet redemption.

    He got to share the podium with best friend Celski. He was with Celski four years ago when Celski fell during the Olympic trials, gashed open his thigh and left a puddle of blood on the ice.

    It was during a visit to Celski’s hospital room that Alvarez promised Celski and himself that he would work even harder to make the 2014 team.

    “It’s a brotherhood,” said Alvarez, a Columbus High graduate who grew up in the Roads neighborhood. “We didn’t perform up to our potential individually, but we have a strong bond on this team.”

    Later, Alvarez met his parents under the U.S. flag at Olympic Plaza. They took a walk along the Black Sea shoreline.

    “Because of all Eddy went through to get here, he’s a stronger person, a better person,” Walter said. “To stand on the podium with the flag makes it all worth it.”

    Looking out at the waves, they reflected back to those days in Miami Beach, when Eddy the Jet first dreamed of skating at the Olympics.
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    USA men's hockey fails to even taste a medal. Biggest upset in decades considering Finland clobbered us 5-0 to win bronze.
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    USA men's hockey team played well in the 1st period. But once Finland got the 1st goal, the wind went out of their sails and they gave up a bad 2nd goal. And then the 3rd period happened *shudder* However I can't be mad at Finland's Teemu Selanne who had 2 goals all at the age of 43. Kudos to him and a fitting ending to his international career (and a soon to be finish of a wonderful NHL career that will end at the end of this season).
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    No Olympic medals for speedskaters from Marion County

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    U.S. speedskaters Heather Richardson, left, and Brittany Bowe rest after the women's speedskating team pursuit quarterfinals at the Adler Arena Skating Center at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Friday in Sochi, Russia.

    There will be no medals won by Marion County Olympians this year after Emily Scott and Brittany Bowe wrapped up their speedskating events Friday in Sochi, Russia.

    Scott, a Belleview High School alum, failed to move past the quarterfinals in the short track 1,000 meters.

    Bowe, a Trinity Catholic graduate, finished her individual long track slate Sunday but took part in the women's team pursuit event Friday. The U.S. faced a tough draw in the qualifying heats against the Netherlands. The Dutch skated an Olympic record time and won the head-to-head skate by more than three and a half seconds.

    Historically, the Americans have been strong on the long oval, winning 67 medals in its history. This marks just the third Olympics that the U.S. will leave without a long track medal. The last time the U.S. did not medal was the Sarajevo Games in 1984.

    The U.S. short track team struggled too, but finally got a medal in the eighth and last event in Sochi — a silver in the men's 5,000 relay.

    For Scott, the top two skaters in each quarterfinal heat advanced. The 25-year-old, who moved to Marion County to train as an inline skater during her high school years, finished third in 1 minute, 30.324 seconds. She was in last place among the four skaters in her race for seven of the first nine laps.

    But when Italy's Arianna Fontana went down on the eighth lap, Scott moved up to third. However, there wasn't enough time to seriously challenge the two skaters who advanced — South Korea's Suk-Hee Shim and China's Kexin Fan. Both went on to medal in the event with Fan winning silver and Shim taking the bronze. Another South Korean, Seung-Hi Park won the gold.

    The only other American to skate the 1,000 was Michigan's Jessica Smith. She advanced to the finals and finished fourth.

    Scott participated in the 500 and 1,500 in Sochi as well. She finished fifth in Saturday's 1,500 and was knocked out in the quarterfinals of the 500 last week.

    Individually, Bowe — a 2006 TCHS graduate who was a three-time Star-Banner girls basketball player of the year — skated to an eighth-place finish in the 1,000, a 13th-place finish in the 500 and a 14th-place finish in the 1,500.

    In the team pursuit, Bowe skated side-by-side with teammates Heather Richardson and Jilleanne Rookard. The trio finished in 3:02.21. The Dutch, which have a record 21 long track medals so far in Sochi, broke the Olympic mark with a time of 2:58.61.

    A third local long track skater, Vanguard grad Joey Mantia, wrapped up his Olympic run last week with a 22nd-place finish in the men's 1,500. He also competed in the 1,000 (15th).
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    Not a bad medal showing considering the collapse of the speed skating team and the home cooking the russians got.
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    Good to see Canada win hockey if we couldn't do it!
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    Russkies came from behind and whipped our butts.
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