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Team USA waves goodbye to Sochi on final day of Games

Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games close in celebration of possibility
The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, which were record-breaking in terms of athletic performances, ticket sales and media coverage, came to an end tonight at Fisht Stadium in Russia with a spectacular Closing Ceremony. Through the theme of "Reaching the Impossible," the Closing Ceremony illuminated how dreams can be achieved through strength and passion to change the perception of "impossible" to "I'm possible." Steve Cash of the gold medal-winning U.S. sled hockey team carried the flag for Team USA. More

Approximately 700 athletes from 45 countries – including 80 Americans (22 men and 58 women) – competed at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

American athletes competed in five sports:  alpine skiing (which includes snowboarding), biathlon, cross-country, sled hockey and wheelchair curling. Team USA garnered 18 medals, including two golds, during the 10-day competition to finish third overall in the medal count. Russia led all nations with 80 medals, followed by Ukraine with 25.

Alpine skiing

The U.S. alpine team’s 10-medal performance was launched by Allison Jones’ downhill bronze, the first overall U.S. medal of the Games. Mark Bathum and guide Cade Yamamoto led the way with two silver medals, while Laurie Stephens and Stephanie Jallen each won two bronze medals. Army veteran Heath Calhoun earned his first-ever Paralympic medal, a silver, in men’s super combined, while Alana Nichols captured silver in women’s downhill. 

Snowboard cross

Snowboarding made its Paralympic debut as part of the alpine skiing program, and Team USA did not disappoint. Evan Strong, Mike Shea and Keith Gabel swept the men’s podium taking gold, silver and bronze, respectively. Meanwhile, Amy Purdy landed on the podium with a bronze medal in the women’s race.

Sled hockey

Team USA’s sled hockey team took home gold after defeating Russia, 1-0, in the gold medal game. The U.S. team had fallen to Russia 2-1 in preliminary competition, but got a shot at a rematch in the gold medal game after taking down Canada in the semifinal. The win marked the first-ever back-to-back gold medal performance by a sled hockey team in Paralympic history.  

Cross-country skiing and biathlon

Army veteran Soule led the way for the U.S. men in cross-country and biathlon. Soule finished in the top five in each of his races and shot a clean 50-for-50 across all three biathlon competitions. On the women’s side, sit-skiers Oksana Masters and Tatyana McFadden made history by taking a silver medal each – Masters in the 12km cross-country race, and McFadden in the 1km sprint. On the final day of competition, Masters added a bronze in the 5km cross-country race. Masters’ silver was the first medal for the U.S. in women’s cross-country skiing in 20 years.

Wheelchair curling

The U.S. wheelchair curling team took fifth overall, narrowly missing the playoffs after a near-comeback in the final round robin game against Great Britain. Patrick McDonald and Team USA finished with a 4-5 overall record in round robin play.  

Overall, 18 Americans earned podium spots, and four U.S. athletes won multiple medals at the 2014 Games. More 

 

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NBC and NBCSN combined to air an unprecedented 52 hours of coverage of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. Relive the action by watching full replays of every competition on demand at TeamUSA.org/video.

 

 

 

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