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.
In a matchup few oddsmaker would have predicted, a powerhouse Russian squad will face off on Sunday against an upstart German team in a battle for one of the ice hockey world's most precious prizes: an Olympic gold medal.
But the International Olympic Committee said the suspension would be lifted - an International Olympic Committee source said in "a few days or a few weeks" - if no further positive drug tests come out of the Games, where two Russians tested positive for doping. No anthem. No medals for Russian Federation in the record book. The silver medal is the country's best finish at the Olympics, and their run to the final and near victory made for one of the greatest stories in Olympic hockey history.
Fasel says in a tournament it's not possible to play more than one period of overtime because players would not be able to recover for later games.
"We knew that we will do it if we win", said Kovalchuk, the all-time leading Russian goal-scorer in Olympic play.
Dancers perform during the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 25, 2018.
The game was sent into overtime and took almost 15 minutes before Russia's Gusev scored another goal.
And after the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation topped Germany in a thrilling gold medal hockey game, that's exactly what they did.
Bjoergen, 37, won her second gold and fifth medal at Pyeongchang in the women's 30 kilometre cross country mass start, extending her record Winter Olympics career tally to 15. "Now I have no dream". "Now I have no dream", he told the media after the event, via The Herald Sun. Germany's last hockey medal achievement was bronze in 1932 and West Germany won bronze in 1976.
Pyeongchang closes its chapter of the 122-year-old modern Olympic storybook on Sunday night with countless tales to tell - tales of North Korea and Russian Federation, of detente and competitive grit and volunteerism and verve, of everything from an uncomfortable viral outbreak to an athlete's boozy joyride. I think we all thought we'd sit there and watch the final on the couch at home, but here we are.
Kahun's goal gave the game the feeling that the game was in next-goal-wins territory, and while OAR would have been the odds-on favorite to get the next marker, Germany seemed to deliver one final bit of magic when Jonas Muller showed remarkable patience to get Pavel Datsyuk to bite on the block and Koshechkin to commit before firing one five-hole to put the Germans ahead 3-2 with three minutes remaining.
On Sunday night, the closing ceremony will bookend those politics with U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, in attendance as well as Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee and a man suspected of masterminding a lethal 2010 military attack on the South.
"It was the craziest game ever", Kovalchuk said.