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Sochi Games: Last day of thrill on ice before Games close

February 23, 2014 12:36 IST

Defending ice hockey champions Canada play 2006 winners Sweden in the Olympic final on Sunday, bringing the curtain down on two weeks of thrills and spills at the Winter Games in Sochi.

Canada's ice-hockey team celebrates after defeating USA in the semi-final at Sochi on FridayThe four-man bobsleigh and cross-country skiing's 50km endurance test will be staged earlier in the day before athletes make their way to the Fisht Stadium for the closing ceremony.

Although the Swedes and the Canadians cannot claim a classic sporting rivalry, their ice hockey pedigrees are indisputable, producing some of the world's top talent.

President Vladimir Putin and his fellow Russians dreamed of signing off with gold in one of the country's favourite sports but their hopes were dashed by a quarter-final exit.

However, Russia do sit on top of the medals table going into the final day of competition, just ahead of Norway.

They will be looking for more gold in the bobsleigh where Olympic two-man champion Alexander Zubkov takes the slenderest of leads into the final two heats of the four-man competition.

In the cross-country, Norwegian Petter Northug looks to end his so far miserable Olympics on a high in an event he won in Vancouver in 2010. Northug, whose training was disrupted last year by a virus, is yet to win a medal here.

He faces a tough battle against Swiss Dario Cologna who already has two gold medals and will be looking for a third. 

Image: Canada celebrates after defeating the United States 1-0 during the Men's Ice Hockey Semifinal Playoff at Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi on Friday

Photograph: Martin Rose/Getty Images

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